What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is composed of three major components; Neuro, Linguistic and programming.

Neuro refers to your Neurology (Nervous System). Linguistic refers to language, and Programming refers to how the two components (Neuro and Linguistic) function.

NLP gives a practical approach to change the way you perceive the past, think about the present and approach the future.

NLP is the behavioural technology which deals with the study of your mind in order to adopt a suitable language for it. It is also the study of excellent communication within you and with others. It is a methodology which helps you achieve your goals and get desirable results.

Also, NLP manages your perception in a particular situation and adopts suitable and desirable choices of responses.

A brief History of NLP

NLP was created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in California (United States) in the 1970s. Bandler and Grinder derived some of NLP fundamental techniques such as Modelling, which they used to emulate the work of Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls.

In 1975 Bandler and Grinder presented “Structure of Magic I and II” which are the first two NLP models.

NLP enables you control your mind

The knowledge of NLP will enable you understand how your mind functions and the appropriate language for it.  NLP enables you get full control of your mind. Hence, you are the master controller of your life. You have the ability to control your emotions, feelings and thoughts through your unconscious mind. All these mindsets can be very complicated and may result from for example, past experiences and beliefs from your society. NLP is here to direct you on how to be the master controller of these experiences and societal beliefs via its various techniques, tools and tricks.

Some NLP techniques

NLP provides you with various techniques to help you manage your emotions, feelings and thoughts. Some of these techniques are;

  1. Anchoring: This is a technique through which we make association between what we feel, hear and see and our emotional states. This technique involves repeatedly experiencing a unique stimulus (touch, sound or sight) while in a specific emotional state. After some time this unique stimulus becomes the trigger for that particular emotional state. You can trigger the emotional state through the unique stimulus you have related to it.
  2. Internal maps: Your map is your individual perception of the world and it defines your feelings and behaviors. NLP says that your language format and your mind-body all interact to shape your map (perception of the world). This NLP technique helps you replace or modify destructive, unrealistic maps with more useful ones.
  3. Reframing: Through this technique you can change the meaning of an event by simply changing the way you see such event. When the meaning of something changes, the effects and responses change too. These are some among the many NLP techniques

Neuro-Linguistic Programming has proven beyond doubts to be very effective. NLP can be used in virtually all works of life. As it enables you build rapport with others, achieve your goals and helps you determine your feelings, thoughts and emotions.