Dr.Richard Bandler and Dr.John Grinder, who studied and modeled exceptional communicators in the domains of therapy, business, law and education, developed Neuro-Linguistic-Programming in the 70’s. They created a repertoire of tools and techniques in order to enable people to model human excellence in a wide variety of fields and to communicate effectively in any kind of context.
Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) is a form of behavioral technology, which permits the change of limiting behaviors. It gives a person the ability to modify their mental and emotional states and allows them to communicate better with others.
Richard Bandler and John Grinder produced formal models of the linguistic and behavioral patterns of exceptional therapists such as, Fritz Pearls (Gestalt), Virginia Satir (Family therapy), Milton Erickson (Hypnosis), who obtained amazing results with their clients. The study of this modeling process is considered the formal creation of NLP. The methodology, which describes how the human brain functions, focuses more on processes rather than content.
This “modeling” process of duplicating excellence in behavior is the primary basis of NLP. A person’s behavior can be understood by studying and analyzing how they process information in their mind (language, filters, programs) and whether their strategies will lead them to success or failure.
Today NLP is widely used in therapy. Additionally it provides tools applicable in business, sales, management, education, sports performance, as well as coaching and personal growth.
Results show that NLP techniques are among of the best methods for creating fast and long-lasting changes in people’s lives, particularly in resolving psychological conflicts. Many other systems are adequate at discovering problems but do not provide as many tools for solutions, and personal growth.
Neuro refers to the autonomic nervous system through which we process experiences via our five senses (Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic-Olfactory-Gustatory). Our emotions are the results of our perceptions. We can learn how to manage our emotional state in order to master our behaviors.
Linguistic refers to language and non-verbal symbol systems, which are the “maps” that translate our personal representations of the world as well as our organization of thoughts. We can learn to communicate more effectively.
Programming refers to the process of getting ourselves into regular and systematic patterns of responses, which habituate us into dependable habits. We are able to change unwanted programs, which lead us to limiting habits, and ultimately take control of our lives.