Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is extremely popular in the self-help, therapy, sports, education, coaching, performance and corporate worlds where it is learnt through nlp coaching. In fact it is used in so many areas of life that it would probably easier to list where it isn't used!
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is used to enhance performance, to help an individual control their emotional state and to stay focussed on what they want from life. It incorporates specific Neuro-Linguistic Programming strategies and techniques designed to produce specific outcomes. For example, the famous Neuro-Linguistic Programming "Fast Phobia Cure" has a very different set of techniques in comparison with the Neuro-Linguistic Programming "Motivation Strategy."
In short, Neuro-Linguistic Programming allows people to have more choices about their lives. For that reason, Dr Bandler, the inventor of the term "Neuro-Linguistic Programming", likes to say that "most of all, Neuro-Linguistic Programming is about freedom".
How Did Neuro-Linguistic Programming Begin?
In the late 1960s Richard Bandler was a computer science undergraduate at the University of California with an interest in psychotherapy. He noticed how ineffective most therapists were, but noticed that there were a few who got results. These were Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls. He and colleague John Grinder closely studied them, and realised that the supposed "intuition" both used in their work had a structure. From this study of the conscious and unconscious behaviour of the therapist Neuro-Linguistic Programming grew.
Later, Bandler and Grinder studied the hypnotist Milton H Erickson. Combining his approach with that of Satir and Perls produced a highly effective therapeutic model - which was the first fruit of the fledgling Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming a "therapy"?
Dr Bandler often distinguishes between Neuro-Linguistic Programming and therapy by defining Neuro-Linguistic Programming as an educational process which can be used to do the things that psychotherapy so rarely manages: to bring about lasting and constructive change. Neuro-Linguistic Programming differs from most therapies in that it is solutions-oriented. It is not interested in analysing and dissecting a "problem", but rather focuses on finding satisfactory outcomes for clients.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is used in many, many more situations which are not therapeutic in nature. For example, top sportsmen and sportswomen use Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques to enhance sporting performance, and businessmen and businesswomen do the same. Neuro-Linguistic Programming has thus moved far beyond its original focus in the early 1970s to encompass a "general study of excellence".
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is based on several principles.
Firstly, NLP argues that people are not their behaviour and that when you accept the person, you are free to change behaviour.
Secondly, Neuro-Linguistic Programming states that people already possess everything they need to succeed and to achieve their outcomes and that they simply need to learn how to unlock them.
Thirdly, Neuro-Linguistic Programming is based on the notion that the success of communication is based on the response you get. As you learn to communicate better, the world will respond to you better than before.
Finally, Neuro-Linguistic Programming is rooted in the principle that you are in charge of your mind, and therefore your life.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming today is a highly effective system that changes patterns of emotional and mental behaviour in order to enable you to achieve more success in whatever you do and enjoy a happier personal life. By using NLP coaching to educate yourself in effective communication and self-awareness you can learn new behaviours and adapt them in order to create the outcomes you choose.
Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming you can change habits and behaviours in yourself and others. It allows you to become a more effective negotiator and achieve more in your work.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming's methodology can also help you to change your mental habits to emulate those used by successful people.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming enables you to add flexibility and effectiveness to your work and personal life, and improve the quality and range of your life choices.
Many of the Neuro-Linguistic Programming training courses and seminars we offer are taught by Richard Bandler, the inventor of the term "Neuro-Linguistic Programming". When you master Neuro-Linguistic Programming you will be free to change into the person you always wanted to be and to inspire change in others.