All wisdom lies within... or so they say. So how come that we end up being stuck with the same ineffective behaviours and thoughts, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and being held back from reaching our full potential?
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) provides people with the tools to unlock this hidden wisdom and enable them to accomplish the results they want.
How we interpret and think about events affects how we feel, and this, in turn, influences our actions and behaviour.
NLP-based interventions actively challenge and change our maladaptive thoughts, bringing about the desired change in our feelings and behaviour.
NLP is the study of excellence in how we think, how we behave and how we communicate. NLP-based coaching and therapeutic approaches provide a series of techniques, skills and methodologies that enable us to challenge and change any limiting beliefs, behaviours and habits which prevent us from dealing effectively with problems and stop us from fulfilling our potential in all areas of life.
NLP provides the means to manage the mind effectively so that we can think, act and hold beliefs that allow us to perform to our best abilities.
Neuro refers to our nervous system and how we think. By becoming aware of our thinking patterns we can gain an understanding of how they influence our results.
Linguistic refers to how we use language, both verbal and non-verbal, and how that affects us. By learning to use our language effectively we can change our thinking and master the ability to communicate.
Programming refers to the strategies we run throughout our lives in the form of habitual programmes. By gaining an understanding of these strategies, we can either change them, keep them or improve them to enhance our potential.
Many psychological approaches rest on the assumption that all behaviour has a structure which can be identified, learned and, if necessary, altered. From studying these patterns, the founders of NLP asserted that it is possible to establish models from which excellence could be achieved - literally creating 'recipes for success'.
The Origins of NLP
Behind the name ‘Neurolinguistic Programming’ which, according to legend, came about as a student prank, hides a very well founded and complex psychological discipline.
Neurolinguistic Programming, or NLP in short, started off as an academic project, an investigation into the speech patterns of three well known psychotherapists: the originator of conversational hypnosis Milton Erickson, the renowned family therapist Virginia Satir and the father of Gestalt therapy Fritz Perls.
The investigators were one psycholinguist and two students at University of California Santa Cruz in 1970s: John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik. They adopted a very original approach: they attempted to discover and describe the linguistic patterns or algorithms inherent in the therapeutic approaches of the great therapists, so that they can then be learnt and applied by others.
The possible applications of this innovative psychological discipline were many.
NLP is recognised as an effective approach to understanding and modifying thoughts and behaviour. NLP-based techniques are commonly used in a variety of coaching contexts, helping clients maximize their performance and fulfil their potential in many areas of life, including work, education, sports and personal development. The effectiveness and popularity of NLP-based coaching is partly due to its unique repertoire of tools for removing limiting beliefs and mental blocks, helping clients focus on and achieve their goals.
NLP-based tools are also used by talking therapists in the management of a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, phobias and other issues which are often related to stress.