What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
NLP is a fairly recent development, originating at the University of Santa Cruz in the mid-seventies when a group of talented people led by Richard Bandler and John Grinder came together to share information and insights across disciplinary boundaries. It incorporates insights from behavioural and Gestalt psychology, family therapy, hypnotherapy, linguistics, information theory and anthropology, among many other disciplines. Some would say 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.
NLP works through understanding how the brain works, how language affects the brain in specific ways and how to structure your communication and thinking to get the results that you want. Through understanding the ways in which people think and how to alter this through using language, NLP practitioners can assist people to control their emotional state, change any unwanted habit or behavior and communicate more effectively with anyone.