NLP is a set of toolkits supporting change by modelling efficient action. It can help you to understand how you and others function and communicate. This will result in an enhanced self-confidence and better relationships. It also increases your ability to deploy your capacities and make the best out of them. By rewriting old behavioral patterns, you can choose to build in new, supporting patterns in order to realize your goals. By increasing the number of choices, the quality of your life also increases.
One of the main principles of NLP is that instead of thinking, we get to understand life through actions and experiances.
“NLP is the science and art of personal excellence. Art because everyone brings their unique personality and stlye to what they do, and this can never be captured in words or techniques. Science because there is a method and process for discovering the patterns used by outstanding individuals in any field to achieve outstanding results. This process is called modelling, and the patterns, skills and techniques so discovered are being used increasingly in counselling, education and business, for more effective communication, personal development and accelerated learning.” (Josehp O’Connor & John Seymour: Introducing NLP)
History of NLP
NLP was created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler at the beginning of the ’70s. Back then Johon Grinder worked at the linguistic department of California University, where Richard Bandler was a student in psychology. They decided to model the patterns used by excellent therapists, so they chose three of them: (i) Fritz Perls, father of gestalt therapy, (ii) Virginia Satir well known family therapist and (iii)Milton Ericcson, world famous hipnotherapist. Although the three of them were of very different personality, the models used by them were unmissingly similar. As a result of this study, Grinder and Bandler have created the models of a practical, teachable and successful therapy .
What does the name stand for?
“Neuro” refers to our nervous system. Each and every human behaviour is rooted in the neurological process of sensations (vision, hearing, smelling, tocuh and sense of feeling).
We experience the world around us through our senses. We give meaning to the information and we base our actions upon them. The functioning of our nervous system does not only include the invisible process of thinking, but also the physiological reactions given to thoughts and events. These latter simply mirror the former. Body and mind inseparably form a human being.
The word “linguistic” highlights that our mind codes and interprets information arriving through our senses in the frame of our language and other symbolic systems like music, grammar or mathematics. We use language to structure our thoughts and behaviour and to communicate with others.
“Programming” makes a clear reference to our ablity to structure the details (vision, sounds, sensations, smells, tastes, symbols and words). These details – and their order – create the programs that run in our brain. NLP is centrally focused on our ability to program the mind and thus creating the desired outcome.
“Our mind illustrates the pictures, sounds, words, feelings, smells and tastes in order for us to be able to understand the world. It gathers information through our senses and it stores them all in an encoded form. When we change the coding of the experience, we change our inner state of being and our emotions associated to that particular experience. When our inner state of being changes, so does our behaviour.” (Magdolna Kovács, international New Code NLP trainer)