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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Neuro-Linguistic programming is a powerful body of information about how the human mind works built up over the last 30+ years and continuing to evolve through new research and practice. There are many different ways of describing NLP.

At the heart of NLP is a wide range of methods and models it offers for understanding how people think, behave and change. It offers a flexible approach that brings about positive, fast change in individuals and organisations and enables them to adapt to an ever-shifting world. NLP training provides the skills to define and achieve your outcomes and goals, a heightened awareness and use of your five senses, allowing you to become more flexible, on track and maintain rapport with those around you.

Neuro refers to the brain and nervous system

Linguistic is the verbal and non verbal language used to communicate

Programming is the unique way you put it all together to create behaviour

"NLP is an attitude, which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques."  - Richard Bandler

NLP is about Communication

One of the principles of NLP is that we are always communicating and a very large part of our communication is other than words. NLP provides practical tools for becoming highly skilled communicators.

NLP is about Language

Language affects how we think and respond. Learning about language through NLP can also add awareness and consumer protection for your mind.

NLP is about Modelling Excellence

NLP processes/strategies are a result of discovering how experts or excellent leaders do what they do well; it is then possible to teach these skills to others. Applications abound in Education, (Spelling Strategy), Business (e.g. competency modelling), Health, Sports and Personal Development.

NLP is about Mastering your Mind

NLP describes in very precise terms, the images, sounds, and feelings that make up our inner and outer world. When we understand the specific ways that our brains make distinctions, then it is easier to make changes, to learn and to communicate effectively.

NLP is the Study of Internal Experience

NLP is a tool to calibrate and understand how an individual makes senses of the world. In NLP we know that each person has a unique style of learning, perceiving and responding to the world. NLP provides us with the awareness of perceiving and responding to the world and this allows us to be much more respectful of differences.

NLP in Business

Basic NLP skills that improve and enhance communication, rapport building and goal setting are all immediately applicable to the business world and have a proven effect on the bottom line. NLP self-management techniques, language patterns and goal setting are vital to effective speaking and peak performance.

NLP in the Helping Professions

Much of the initial modelling in NLP focused on how innovative and effective therapists helped their clients to change. NLP offers the tools for building rapport with all sorts of people understanding the structure of beliefs and identity, understanding the power of language and metaphor content-free processing - making lasting change easier for you and your clients.

NLP in Health

The applications of NLP are important both to those in the medical field and to individuals interested in good health. In today`s rapidly changing field of health care, medical professional need more technical abilities. Research in NLP today is focusing on ways of building and maintaining personal health, reducing stress, engaging the body`s ability to heal and defining the relationship between health and beliefs.

NLP and Creativity

Artists, writers and performers find NLP training valuable because NLP offers insight into what inhibits and enhances the creative spirit. Applications of NLP strategies, particularly the Disney strategy modelled and refined by Robert Dilts (USA) provide powerful ways to free and stimulate your creativity.

NLP in Training and Education

NLP`s practical applications include understanding how we learn, developing strategies for both students and teachers, using our five senses, and making use of accelerated learning techniques. Through NLP, trainers, teachers and parents can gain concrete methods for helping students to do well. Classroom teachers are incorporating key pieces of the NLP approach into their teaching methods and classroom management.

NLP for Personal Change

Many people come to NLP for relief from limitations. The NLP attitudes and techniques can provide freedom from old habits, fears and limiting beliefs and give structures for new an empowering ways of being in the world. If you have not been living the life you want, NLP helps you along the path to new and satisfying alternatives.

NLP and Parenting

NLP skills and principles help foster productive communication between child and parent. You will learn ways to manage your own states. Parents who learn NLP can teach the skills to their children and leave them with the legacy of good habits for clear and effective communication; tools for learning and for building self-esteem.

NLP and Relationships

NLP can help us understand ourselves and others, we can use it to explore our relationships and, if necessary, improve them by modelling those who are enjoying the kinds of relationships we`d like to have.

NLP is a child of the Human Potential Movement, which started in Esalen, a small community at Big Sur near Santa Cruz, Southern California in the 1970s. The key leaders of the Human Potential Movement were Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), who was the first resident scholar in Esalen, Gregory Bateson (philanthropist, anthropologist, systems thinker amongst other things, who is credited with having brought John Grinder and Richard Bandler who today are often credited with "starting NLP"), was the last resident scholar in Esalen, and Virginia Satir who was last in charge of training at Esalen (Virginia's work is fundamental to the NLP Meta Model).

The Human Potential Movement is the source of the NLP Presuppositions. The psychology of the Human Potential Movement is about how people grow and develop positively - the bright side of human nature. Maslow was the first to model successful people in the 1940s in terms of "pushing the farthest reaches of human nature". Maslow's work created the new positive psychology of generative change, rather than remedial change.

NLP is a communication model about human behaviours, whereby we can "run our own brain" and create more resourcefulness. The larger frame however is self-actualization - actualizing our highest potentials and possibilities.


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