What is NLP?

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is the systematic study of human performance.  This study of the structure of the subjective experience can be broken down into their smallest components (or chunks) and changed, modified, improved upon, or removed.  This allows a framework for growth and change at much deeper levels more quickly than was originally thought.

NLP is a unique model of how people learn, motivate themselves, and change their behavior to achieve excellence in any endeavor.

NLP is a practical application of how people think.

How was NLP Developed?

NLP was developed through the efforts of several people. Some of the more notable names are David Gordon, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Steve and Connirae Andreas, Robert Dilts, Richard Bandler, John Grinder, and many others.  Their studies began in the 1970s and have continued to grow to the present. 

NLP is based on the work of several people whom the above-mentioned studied.  They include Alfred Korzybski, Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, Fritz Pearls and Gregory Bateson, among others.  They were chosen as excellence to model.

How does NLP Work?

NLP techniques enable therapists to be much more effective in assisting change in their clients’ lives.  Neurolinguistic Programming brought about the ability to analyze and transfer human excellence, thus resulting in the most effective and practical psychology known.

How did NLP get its name?

The term Neurolinguistic Programming was introduced by Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski.  This is also the same man who quoted, “God may forgive you for your sins but your nervous system won’t.”  NLP is an integration of several disciplines including neurology, psychology, linguistics, cybernetics, and systems theory.  The components of the term Neurolinguistic Programming describe best what this little known science encompasses.  NEURO because all of our experiences, both conscious and subconscious, are derived through and from our senses and central nervous system.  LINGUISTIC because our mental processes are also coded, organized, given meaning and transformed through language.  PROGRAMMING because people interact as a system in which experience and communication are composed of sequences of patterns or “programs.”   In NFNLP, we currently use PSYCHOLOGY rather than Programming.  We do this because the word Psychology comes from the word “psyche” meaning “Spirit” and “ology”, the “study of systems.”

What can NLP do?

It lets you model, or copy, human excellence in any form.  With NLP, you can identify what makes someone exceptionally skilled, and get that skill for yourself or teach it to others.  NLP can help you become adept in whatever is important to you, whether that means getting along with your family and coworkers or being more effective on the job.

Where is NLP useful?

NLP is valuable wherever human communication skills can enhance results – in business consultation, management, negotiation, education, counseling, therapy, relationships, parenting, nursing, public speaking, sports performance and many other areas.

What kind of results can I get with NLP?

NLP can allow a therapist to change the impact of the past on a client, a teacher to change a poor speller into a good speller, a business person to gain rapport non-verbally and run meetings efficiently, an athlete to improve concentrations, and more.

Is NLP a therapy?

Although NLP can be used as a method of therapy, the applications are much broader.  Even when used as a therapy, it’s basically a process of teaching people how to use their brains.  Most therapy is remedial; that is, directed towards solving problems from the past.  NLP goes much further to study excellence and teach the skills that promote positive change that generates new possibilities and opportunities.