Sunday, December 04, 2005

What is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistics Programming

There are literally countless ways of defining NLP but for simplicity sake, I'll rely on Wikipedia ,which I think provides a more detailed understanding, to explain


Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the name of a set of techniques and principles originally proposed in 1973 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder to describe the relationship between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic, both verbal and non-verbal) and how their interaction can be organised (programming) to affect an individual's mind, body and behavior. It is described by the original developers as "the study of the structure of subjective experience" (Dilts et al 1980), and is predicated upon the assumption that all behaviors have a practically determinable structure [1]. NLP proponents state that individuals considered to be highly successful in a field can be "modeled", or studied with the aim of separating out the various key factors which make them more capable than others. Proponents also state that modeling allows the creation of techniques for changing habitual thoughts and behaviors so that others can also emulate effective skills.
A fundamental notion is that human perception and thinking can be formally notated in terms of the five
senses (Grinder & Bandler 1979; Dilts et al 1980 p.17; Bandler 1997). The basic tenets include the map-territory relation, the observation of non-verbal behavior such as the subtle movements of the eyes, or body postures, and use of sensory-based language. Some techniques include behaviour change, transforming beliefs, and treatment of traumas through techniques such as reframing (Andreas & Faulkner, 1994) and questioning methods such as the "meta-modeling" which can be used to explore personal limits of belief as expressed in language.
The various techniques have been applied to a number of fields such as sales, psychotherapy, communication, education, coaching, sport, business management, interpersonal relationships, seduction, occult, and spiritual. This is both through the use of existing patterns, and through modeling "high performers" in various fields.

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