Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) – What is it in Plain Language? What Does it Do?

By | August 18, 2018

The cutting edge processes of NLP effectively help you work towards optimization of:

1. How you think on a conscious and subconscious level (Neuro),

2. How you communicate with others and yourself (Linguistic), and

3. Your patterns of action, beliefs and emotions (Programming)

How it Started:

Back in the mid seventies, at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Richard Bandler and John Grinder researched certain practitioners within the field of personal development who created significant results with their clients. These practitioners included renowned hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson, Virgina Satir, who shifted the paradigm family therapy, and Fritz Perls, who founded Gestalt Therapy. Other brilliant contributing minds include Alfred Korzybski (General Semantics), Noam Chomsky (Linguistics), Gregory Bateson (Logical Levels), and Ivan Pavlov (Stimulus-Response). Galanter, Miller and Pribram contributed to systems theory. With this strong foundation, and other fine contributors to follow, the collection of methods evolved into the effective set of tools known as NLP now offered by practitioners and trainers.

What is NLP?

There is a story from India where a group of blind men each touch an elephant to describe it. Each one touches different parts, and they talk amongst themselves as to what they experienced. Like the elephant, NLP is a subject that has many aspects. Each one is fascinating in and of itself. As with any study, going further into each facet of this body of knowledge and actually experiencing it creates an entirely new dimension of understanding.

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There are at least thirteen major focuses of learning involved at the Practitioner level alone. These include:

1. Principles for Goal Setting (This includes understanding your own values and way of viewing and interacting with the world)

2. Rapport – on physical, mental and subconscious levels

3. Understanding and working with “Anchors” on different levels and sensory experiences. (Example: The smell of bread and the feelings you create within upon experiencing the aroma)

4. Working with “Submodalities” or the way we code our thoughts inside our mind. (When you think of a time when you felt ecstatic, “where” is that thought? Is it in color or black and white? etc)

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