NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming
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What is NLP?

Simply put, NLP is a user manual for our mind.

It integrates thought and the nervous system (Neuro),
communication and the power of language (Linguistic) and the
unconscious habits and patterns we run on (Programming).


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An Introduction to NLP

NLP is an abbreviation for “neuro-linguistic programming”, the study and use of the psychological processes that people use to form automatic responses and behavioral patterns, often without being aware of them. These processes are key to the learning of new behaviors as well as the development of unwanted behaviors. An appreciation of their nature is fundamental to effective communication.

NLP focuses on the behavioral patterns of human excellence and has its foundations in the natural process of modeling, i.e, the replication of the language and behavioral patterns of a person who is excellent at a given activity. Most coaching models are based on NLP language patterns learnt from outstanding psychotherapists. NLP practitioners also make optimal use of the powerful role and effect of non-verbal behavior in communication.

By appreciating how people individually perceive and experience the world and give meaning to their experiences, NLP practitioners can make desired changes in their own behavioral patterns and facilitate rapid, even instant, changes in the unwanted automatic responses and behavioral patterns of others.

The term “NLP” itself reflects one of its key presuppositions: “the map is not the territory”.

Neuro’ refers to the individual neurological systems that filter the millions of bits of data that a person continually is receiving through the receptors of the nervous system (the “senses”). These systems reduce and organize the data to form the images, sounds, feelings, tastes and smells (all internal representations) that constitute that person’s conscious experience of the world. By reason of the deletions involved in the filtering process, these internal sensory representations form an internal sensory “map” of the world as it is perceived by that person, which differs from the world as it actually is. Beliefs and values act as further psychological filters of the internal representations to form a further perceptual map.

Linguistic’ refers to the process by which the filtered internal representations are re-represented and given conscious meaning through the use of language.

Programming’ describes the automatic patterns of personal behavior that are triggered by internal representations and language. NLP practitioners use the analogy of the brain as a computer that is programmed, and can be re-programmed, to run selected behavioral patterns.


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