What is NLP?

Posted By Linda Lou

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) was developed over 30 years ago from the work of two scientists (John Grinder and Richard Bandler) who studied several top therapists to create a system of therapy based on the links between body, brain, and mind. NLP techniques develop an understanding of the reasons behind negative behaviours and, more importantly, offer highly effective methods to swiftly change these behaviours. NLP teaches competence, excellence, wisdom, and vision.

NLP blends linguistics, neurology, gestalt therapy, and cognitive therapy to achieve its results. There are two basic concepts to NLP, although NLP practitioners may choose to emphasize one more strongly than the other during the treatment process.

Each human being experiences reality through his or her own mind. Hence, our reality is perceptual. We create “maps” of reality to filter in our experiences and then respond to them. These maps create our behavior—it is they, rather than actual reality, that helps or hinders us as we go through life.

Humans and their environment interact through complex systems, all of which affect each other. These systems naturally seek a balance which benefits all. Behaviour that does not balance these systems leads to negative effects, most often for the person who is acting out of balance.

An NLP practitioner will help the patient change his or her “reality map” so as to have more balanced interactions and perceptions. Once this process in effectively underway, the patient is pleasantly surprised by how stress and anxiety disappears as their life becomes more enjoyable.


One Response to “What is NLP?”

  1. I had several NLP sessions about 20 years ago with a practioner who has since passed away. Those sessions were extremely beneficial. I believe that kind of help is what I am now looking for. I am looking for some help in decision making.

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