What is NLP?

How about some maps to navigate those differences between us all…?

A behavioural science; NLP provides us with a comprehensive set of models, tools and techniques for doing just that… with NLP you get to shine light on what motivates you, what has been limiting you, and how to deal with many of the stressors in your life and work. 

This technology helps us understand why we and others behave the way we do and gives us effective and lasting tools to grow our levels of excellence and success. 

NLP is renowned for its rapid and successful change capability; useful in the areas of communication, business, leadership, coaching, therapy, relationships, sports, personal development. 

NLP is often described as “the art and science of being your best more often…”

What does NLP stand for?

  • Neuro – Our Neurology: how our mind, body and nervous system work together and influence each other.  This is how we take in, make meaning of, and decide how to respond to the world around us.   If we can understand this inner system better, then we can begin to influence the ways we make meaning and make choices.
  • Linguistic – Language is a powerful form of communication.  The way we communicate with others and ourselves plays a large part in the results we get in life.  NLP helps us to notice and adapt our language to influence ourselves and others more effectively; more clarity, less misunderstanding…more often.
  • Programming Refers to our habitual ways of thinking, being and doing.  Humans become creatures of habit, unless we get more conscious of how and why we do what we do.  With NLP we become more aware of our conditioned ways and can disrupt old patterns.  A bit like updating the software on our phones, we can change our programming to get more flow, efficiency and better results for the person we are today and going forward.

Origins of NLP

NLP has its origins in the 1970’s.  John Grinder and Richard Bandler wanted to identify how and why people became experts in their field; what made them that much more skilled and successful than others?

Two of the extra-ordinary people they studied were Virginia Satir, family therapist, and Milton Erikson, a medical hypnotherapist.  From studying these two experts, along with the early works of Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy) and Alfred Korzybski (General Semantics), they evolved the essential NLP models of communication and inter-personal relationships. Those early studies have grown into a comprehensive behavioural science which has been widely adapted in the modern world.