Neurolinguistic Programming NLP
We often use Neurolinguistic Programming in one form or another during our consultations. NLP is often used as a vehicle for ‘fast’ or accelerated change. One of its underlying assumptions is that even without Neurolinguistic Programming/NLP, people can change and that over time, these changes can be profound. By applying of NLP to challenging situations, changes can happen – very quickly indeed, sometimes in minutes.
What is NLP?
NLP or Neurolinguistic Programming, was developed in the 1970‘s in the US by Dr John Grinder, a well-known professor of linguistics, together with Richard Bandler. They produced a linguistic model that identified language patterns from a few gifted individuals:
- Family Therapist Virginia Satir
- Gestalt Therapist Fritz Perls
- Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson
- Anthropologist Gregory Bateson
What does Neurolinguistic Programming mean?
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is essentially a very skilled use of language and means:
- ‘Neuro‘ acknowledges the fact that we use the brain, the nervous system and the body’s five senses to process information. We use sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell to learn, think and remember.
- ‘Linguistic‘ refers to the verbal language that we use to communicate with each other, as well as our internal thoughts, beliefs and our external body language.
- ‘Programming‘ is the ‘programs or patterns of behaviour’ we all demonstrate and the way we organise our thoughts and our behaviours in order to produce results. Knowing about these things and the way they are learnt helps us to unlearn out-of-date programs. We can learn new ways to perceive, to listen and to go about things more positively.
How can NLP help me?
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) provides the tools to better manage yourself day-to-day and become more resourceful. It’s often referred to as “an instruction manual for your mind” as it can help reprogram your mind and body to gain greater effectiveness in all aspects of your life. In addition, NLP can enable you to have choice over how you feel, your emotions, your behaviours and physical states. NLP is based on a set of very precise ways to identify how someone who is successful is achieving results. It determines which internal strategies they use, and these strategies are then distilled into handy tools for others to use and create similar successes.
NLP never tells us what we need to do, it offers ways in which we can change things to be, feel or behave how we wish – it actually offers the ‘how’ to make a change. When we change our thinking, we change the results we experience in our business, relationships and our life. NLP can be used not only for personal growth and development to but also in the business community and in many other areas. If you are looking for personal growth or professional development, want to improve your health, NLP can help you – so long as you have an open and curious mind.