You may have heard of NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming but finding a straightforward answer to the question ‘what is NLP?’ isn’t that easy.
So, “What is NLP?”
Dr Richard Bandler created the term “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” in the 1970s. He was asked to write the definition of Neuro-Linguistic Programming that appears in the Oxford English Dictionary. It says: Neuro-Linguistic Programming: “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour.”
NLP is not a panacea to cure all ills and anyone who tries to sell that myth is probably somewhat misguided. However, it is an extremely useful tool in your personal toolbox for giving focus, direction and helping anyone including you, deal with NOW!
NLP is like an ‘owners manual’ on how to use your brain! When you become aware of how you can use it, see the benefits and get a feel for it’s application you will hear that voice in your head thank you for it!
In life and through our experiences we learn many wonderful things. Do we learn much about how to feel good or to have great relationships and the art of communication? I think you know the answer to that one!
This is where NLP comes in. The techniques of NLP are used by a multitude of blue chip companies for improved communication, leadership training, development of teams, sales and in many other areas. If it didn’t work they wouldn’t use it!
NLP is a set of insights and skills
You can use the NLP methods and insights to be more in charge of your thoughts and feelings (state). In NLP we talk about being “At Cause or Effect” and being charge of your own state means being at cause, it is the best place to be!
NLP is an ever-growing collection of information and insights into how we human beings function. This is backed up by a huge range of mental techniques that can enable you to improve how you think, behave and feel – and assist others to do the same.
What becoming skilled in NLP will enable you to do is:
- do whatever you already do well, even better
- acquire skills and attitudes to do what you cannot do right now
- communicate more effectively with others
- manage your thoughts, moods and behaviours more effectively (thereby managing others’)
NLP can be summarised as the study of the structure of subjective experience. It is the study of the mind and the nervous system, the study of language and how we use it including the sequence of our actions (Programming).
NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.