Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is based on the idea that with our senses we are only able to perceive a small part of the world. Our view of the world is filtered by our experience, beliefs, values, assumptions and biological sensory systems. We act and feel based on our perception of the world rather than the real world.
NLP began in the early 1970’s in America, a linguist, John Grinder and a Mathematician/psychologist, Richard Bandler, studied individuals who were excellent communicators and technicians of personal change. They began by modelling world-class therapists – like Virginia Satir and Milton H. Erickson. Later they moved on to other fields, including salespeople, presenters, trainers and leaders. By closely studying and modelling the beliefs, behaviours and strategies of these models of excellence, they were able to install that behaviour in themselves. As a result of this work, Bandler and Grinder formalised their modelling techniques and their own individual contributions under the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming – NLP studies three areas that give it its name,
Neurology – The mind and how we think.
Linguistic – How we use language and how it affects us.
Programming – How we sequence our actions to achieve our goals.
NLP symbolises the relationship between the brain, language and the body. It describes how what we say, think and do interplay and affect our body, our behaviour and our results.
NLP provides a set of tools and techniques that help you to, be what you want to be, have what you what to have, and do what you what to do.