Neuro- Linguistic Programming focuses upon the detail of how we communicate both externally and internally, and how we can change and empower this communication to achieve the results and goals that we want. NLP is a therapy method of influencing brain behaviour (the ‘neuro’ part of the phase) through the use of language (the ‘linguistic part) and other types of communication (subliminal messages) to enable a person to ‘recode’ the way the brain responds to stimuli (the ‘programming’ part) NLP can help you to release limiting emotions like anger, sadness, hurt, guilt, remove limiting beliefs and decisions that cause a lack of confidence and low self esteem and rid yourself or fears, phobias and addictions.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication and personal development which was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in America in the 1970s. It’s creators found a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioural patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. NLP is considered to be one of the most useful and accessible tools to come from modern psychology.
A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us. If we push the boundaries of our thoughts by ‘reprogramming our internal control systems’ through language it gives us the ability to formulate, express and communicate our thoughts.
Neuro: Each individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being absorbed through the senses. Our first mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’ in NLP.
Linguistic: We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by assigning language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. The second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation)
Programming: The behavioural response that occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.
In NLP there is a saying: the conscious mind is the goal setter, and the unconscious mind is the goal getter. Your unconscious mind is not out to get you–rather, it’s out TO GET FOR YOU whatever you want in life. However, if you don’t know how to communicate what you want properly, it will keep you away from your goals, be that in your work, relationships or with yourself.
NLP is a set of tools and techniques, but it is so much more than that. It is an attitude and a methodology of knowing how to achieve your goals and get results.