What is NLP?

NLP stands for: Neuro – Linguistic – Programming.

The basic concept is that your brain (neurology), is programmed from your experiences and the way they have been communicated and received (linguistics).  All of this information informs our values, beliefs and patterns.  It makes us who we are!

Most of our programming has been ‘received’ without any questioning.  It was given to us, from parents, teachers, childhood friends, and more experiences through our lives.  Everything we learn goes into our brains, we make our own sense of it and then think, feel and behave accordingly.

So what if some of the things we’ve learned and patterns we’ve formed are actually really unhelpful in our lives today? 

The good news is we can also choose new thinking, based on new information and re-programme patterns to get the results in the world we want.  That might mean clearing thinking or behaviours that stop us having what we want.  Or it might mean taking on new ways of thinking and patterns which deliberately create what we want.  Normally both.

What the Association for NLP say…

NLP stands for ‘Neuro Lingusitic Programming’ and has been around since 1970’s when its co-founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder first modelled other therapists.

NLP is frequently known as the “users manual for your mind” and studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can effect every aspect of our lives.

It looks at the way in which we think and process our thoughts (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our behaviours (Programming) and how these interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals.

NLP is a collection of a wide range of methods and models which create an understanding of thought process and behaviour. Understanding these techniques can bring about a positive change in you and others.

The co-creators of NLP defined NLP as follows:

“NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques.” Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP)

“The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius.” John Grinder (co-creator of NLP)

ANLP: The Association for NLP