NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming started in the 1970’s, when two researchers from California, Richard Bandler and John Grinder studied the most effective communicators around and found that these people used particular patterns, which revealed how they were so successful.
Neuro refers to the nervous system. It is all about what we think (our thoughts). We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. Our direct experience of the world comes to the brain via the nervous system and the five senses.
- Visual – Seeing
- Auditory – Hearing
- Kinaesthetic – Touch/Feeling
- Olfactory – Smell
- Gustatory – Taste
Linguistic is all about what we say, both verbally and non-verbally. Specifically it refers to the way in which we use language to give meaning to what we have experienced through the senses.
Programming is all about what we do. We are constantly running programmes in our minds which produce our behaviour.
NLP is a philosophy and educational tool, which is designed to teach people how to become happier and more effective. It teaches people how to think and communicate in more useful ways. It explores HOW we think and HOW we behave. It allows you to discover what’s going on when you are doing something well and not doing something well. It allows you to find out how other people do things effectively. It shows you the difference that makes a difference.