What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?
NLP: Neuro – Linguistic Programming
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) began as a model of how we communicate to ourselves and others developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder during the seventies.
NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. NLP provides people with a methodology to model outstanding performances achieved by geniuses and leaders in their field.
NLP is used to help us recognise, use and change mental programming in both personal and business development.
Neuro: Each individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being absorbed through the senses. Our first mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’ in NLP.
Linguistic: We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by assigning language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. The second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation)
Programming: The behavioural response that occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.
Richard Bandler – with whom I had the pleasure of working with on my NLP Practitioner course, explains ‘what is NLP’ very well in the below video.