What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to psychotherapy and behavioural change based on a model of interpersonal communication. NLP looks at the way in which we think and process our thoughts in our minds (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our subsequent behaviour (Programming) and how these all interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals. The co-founders, Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder, believed that NLP would be useful in ‘finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives’.
How Does It Work?
An NLP practitioner uses a wide range of methods and models to bring about a positive change in a client’s life, increase self-awareness, improve communication and change outmoded patterns of behaviour. It is not a rigid system which people have to be fitted into though, it is more like a toolbox of life skills and every client is treated as an individual. This is one of the reasons why this relatively young discipline has grown so fast in popularity and is often referred to as the ‘instruction manual for the mind’.
How Can It Help Me?
In spite of its rather off-putting name, NLP is practical, friendly, accessible and most importantly – useful. Whether you want to improve your skills, overcome a fear or become more confident, NLP has a strategy to help.