In essence, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a practical, positive and proactive psychology that looks at the way our mind and body works together. Mind and body are inextricably linked – what happens in the mind, manifests in the body and vice-versa. Every thought we have has a direct impact on our feelings and behaviours and in turn, naturally influences our experiences and the results we get, or don’t get.
What is NLP...
- Neuro refers to our minds and how we think, its connection to and communication with ourselves.
- Linguistic is the language in which we communicate, verbal and non-verbal and how we make sense of our world.
- Programming relates to the way in which our experiences, beliefs and behaviours, over time, create our own unique programme.
The results of properly applying NLP to your daily existence can be transformational and significant.
Where NLP comes from
NLP began in the early 1970s when Richard Bandler (mathematician) and John Grinder (linguist) asked themselves a fascinating question: “What is it that makes the difference between somebody who is merely competent at any given skill, and somebody who excels at the same skill?”
They assessed three different types of therapist, each one known to be outstanding in their field: Milton Erickson (hypnotherapist & psychologist), Virginia Satir (family therapist) and Fritz Perls (psychiatrist & psychotherapist). Although they all had different styles and approaches, the therapists shared one thing in common – incredible rapport building skills.