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Neuro-Linguistics Programming

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What Is NLP?

NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is the study of modeling of what works in thinking, language, and behavior. It is a psychotherapy approach to obtain a consistent result in communication, personal development, and learning.

NLP is very practical. It obtains what is subconsciously desired, and thereby we become more effective in our thinking and action. We learn to have more choices, and as a result, gain more control over life. NLP contains a set of techniques that can be implemented immediately in order to directly benefit from success in an intended area, such as achievement of personal goals, establishing better relationships, enhancing self-development, business, communication, and sports.

Additionally, NLP principles and techniques can be applied when dealing with problematic situations that inevitably arise as we live our lives. In particular, NLP breaks down limiting patters of behavior that often negatively influence our actions and reactions. By utilizing NLP techniques, individuals can learn to replace their program of habitual undesirable behavior, and can expect to see results rather quickly.

What Does NLP Stand For?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro refers to our neurological system—that is the neurological process of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. We use these senses to interpret external events and translate our experience into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. This shows a connection between our mind and body, and how they function as one system, which forms one of the major NLP principles. Our full awareness of it gives us the ability to change our experience of situations and our perception of people, as well as their reactions.

Linguistic refers to how we use language to give meaning to our experience and how we transmit that experience to others and ourselves. Our language patters convey to the outside world about who we are, what we believe, what we want, and how we think. NLP helps us to improve the quality of the information we exchange with others, and increase the level of understanding that we create with our communication. Language skill is important not only when we interact with others, but also when we interact with ourselves.

Programming is the coding of exceptional talent. This process is known as modeling. Modeling involves replicating the same sequence of thinking patterns, language use, and behavior to achieve a specific result. The results we achieve or the excellence we reproduce is the result of our personal programs. An increased awareness of those sequences enables us to code other people’s experience, and also to access our inner resources in order for our true potential to be fully realized. It further enables us to raise the quality of our relationships, multiply our personal choice, and gain greater control over our life.

NLP Pioneers

John Grinder, an associate professor of linguistics, and Richard Butler, a psychotherapist and computer programmer created NLP in the early 1970’s. Together, Grinder and Butler studied the work of three leading psychotherapists who were able to produce effective outcomes in the behavior of their patients: Milton Erikson, a famous psychiatrist and hypnotherapist; Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist; and Fritz Perls, the creator of Gestalt Therapy.

Grinder and Butler were not concerned with the theoretical aspect, but rather wanted to ascertain what worked and what enabled patients to bring dramatic effects in what they did. They coined the term NLP, to codify their work, and the methods and techniques they developed have since been applied in a wide variety of human activities.

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