Neuro-Linguistic Programming – a model of excellence
“How our thoughts are affected by words leading to action“
NLP has been described as ’the study of subjective experience’. Our neurology processes our experience of the world around us through our senses, which affects our emotions and these, in turn, affect our behaviours and how we project ourselves back to our reality.
Our programming (behaviours) is a sequence of neuro-linguistic patterns which have structure, can be learned and can be changed. NLP is all about habits and behaviours and how these are embedded during our lives even though they may not be getting us what we want. We create our own realities and hold beliefs about our capabilities and potential. Where this is holding us back NLP can help change underlying beliefs that in turn create new possibilities, actions and outcomes.
There are a myriad of things that NLP can address:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Managing phobias
- Building self-esteem and confidence
- Handling difficult relationships and improving communication
- Improving self-discipline and motivation
- Creating options and compelling futures
- Removing limiting and negative beliefs.
A whizz “through” the history of NLP
NLP is the product of the work of two men, John Grinder, an associate professor of Linguistics, and Richard Bandler, a mathematician and computer programmer.
The discipline emerged from studies Richard Bandler carried out on the work of Virginia Satir, a renowned family therapist. He noticed the powerful effect her use of language patterns had on positive outcomes for her clients. He also studied the work of Fritz Perls, who had developed Gestalt therapy, a form of psychotherapy.
He teamed up with John Grinder and generated a model for the work of Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls, promoting the skills and techniques used in successful therapy, establishing the foundations of NLP.
Additional work modelling the techniques of Milton Erikson, a remarkable hypnotherapist, built on these foundations and NLP developed into the powerful discipline it is today.