Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is concerned with how top people indifferent fields obtain outstanding results, and how their successful thinking patterns and behaviour can be copied. It is concerned with what happens when we think, and the effect of our thinking on our behaviour, and the behaviour of others. It shows us how we can think more usefully and thus achieve more. NLP teaches us how to communicate, inwardly and outwardly, in a way that can make a difference between mediocrity & excellence ,between just existing & really living.
NLP is both an art and a science of personal excellence. It is an art ,because the way that we think and act is unique to each of us, and any description – especially of feelings, attitudes and beliefs – is bound to be highly subjective. It is also a science because it incorporates well researched methods that can be used to identify the patterns of successful behaviour.
History of NLP
NLP was developed in the mid-seventies by Richard Bandler, then a mathematician, computer expert & psychotherapist, and John Grinder, a professor of linguistics, out of their work as ‘behavioural modellers’. In this collaborative project, they were concerned with ‘how’ things worked rather than with theoretical descriptions of them. Initially they modelled the most effective therapists, people like Carl Rogers (Person Centred Counselling), Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy) & Virginia Satir (Family Therapy) to discovered similar ‘effective patterns’ underlying their individual styles of behaviour. They systematised these ‘patterns’ and made them available to other therapists. From the range of skills they integrated and synthesised to develop this work, they created what came to be known as NLP.
What use is NLP? Richard Bandler described N.L.P. as……….. “an attitude & a methodology that leaves behind a trail of effective techniques”
The ATTITUDE is curiosity, experimentation& flexibility
The METHODOLOGY is modelling. The systematic reproduction of ‘what works’ . For instance practical applications of this would be – how can behaviour be structured and sequenced to allow any individual to learn easily & how can thinking patterns be changed to produce outstanding results. Coupled with this the methodology includes constant evaluation of the results -testing at each stage to confirm that you are getting what you want.
The TRAIL OF TECHNIQUES are the product of modelling effective behaviours. When successful behaviour is modelled and ‘what works’ becomes explicit it is a simple matter to provide other people with a tool box of effective interventions & techniques that will make a remarkable difference to their lives.
The practitioners of NLP have now modelled excellence in many areas of human behaviour – education, therapy, business, sport, social work, health and personal development. Because the methodology is only concerned with ‘what works’ NLP is influencing & making a difference to the development of all areas of human achievement.
So, in terms of ‘what can this do for me ?” check out the tools on this site. They are mainly NLP techniques. Or read on for an actual practical and extremely useful example of an NLP technique that you can try out so that you can start to judge for yourself whether it is magic or mumbo jumbo!