The Power of
NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming
|NLP was developed in the '70's by
Richard Bandler and John Grinder, and stands for Neuro Linguistic
Programming. It is the end product of a curiosity which began by asking
"How do people do that?"
Bandler and Grinder started by looking closely at how people who were excellent in their fields achieved the results they did. They noticed certain patterns of human sameness and difference which could be used by others to improve individual performance in many areas. As a result of this initial curiosity a large number of techniques have been developed which can be used by people to improve their lives, and the lives of people around them.
NLP - is a concept that is not owned by any one it is available and for use to anyone willing to learn the theories and apply them for self improvement.
Think about this:
NLP provides the tools to understand these processes and develop the individual's ability to adapt whatever they do that does not bring them the results they want, into processes that do.
Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of how each individual makes sense of his/her world uniquely through different personality patterns and sensory filters.
Each person's memories, beliefs, values, decisions, favored sense (Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic), and what are called Metaprograms, develop over time into a unique 'model of the world'. Each of us uses this internal map to make sense of the world around us. This map has a profound effect on our thoughts and behavior, and our relationships with others because we tend to think that our map is the same as everybody else's.
NLP is a powerful tool that individuals can use to better themselves or to understand other individuals!
By understanding the structure of our map we can identify negative thought patterns that inhibit us (and change them); by understanding the structure of someone else's map we can assist them in doing the same thing, or use it to improve our relationship with them, whether in a business or personal context.
Why the name?
Neuro - the fundamental idea that all behavior is the result of the information we receive from our 5 senses.
Linguistic - the fact that we use language to order our thoughts and communicate.
Programming - the ways we use the above to create our behavior.
It can be difficult to describe 'what' NLP is without placing it in a context. It is easier to describe 'how' it can assist us in a given situation. Its likely application is almost unlimited. It has been used to improve performance in sport; academic performance; sales; therapy, and self-development. It has the potential to improve any situation where communication is a factor, whether between you and someone else, or just with yourself. For teachers and educator it is an extremely valuable tool!