What is NLP?
If you surf around the internet, you'll find many definitions of NLP, some more complex than others. The simplest definition of NLP is "a study of how the brain works and the effect that communication (in all it's forms) has on the individual or group"
NLP was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder back in the 1970s, and was based largely on the "Modelling" work of Richard Bandler. Modelling is a way of duplicating behaviour. One should always choose to model excellence - life is too short to bother with anything less!
Richard found that by studying professionals who were excellent in their field (whether that be in business or therapy), he was able to understand and codify the structure of what they were doing in order to achieve the results they did.
Richard was able to do this in such a way that these techniques could then be taught to others, so that they too would be able to achieve the same results as the "masters"
The first people that Richard studied were therapists, Fritz Perls (co founder of Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (one of America's foremost family therapists) and Milton Erickson (possibly the greatest hypnotherapist of the 20th century). Click here to learn more about hypnosis.
Many more people who excel in their field have been modelled, from business leaders to shaman and mystics, NLP is not static, it is being continuously developed and refined by Richard, and good practitioners.
So, what is NLP? NLP can be distilled down into 2 parts, the first being a set of skills and the second, the application of these skills.
If you'd like to learn more about the work of Richard Bandler or John La Valle (President of The Society of Neuro-Linuistic Programming) then please click on their names and follow the links, Richard's contribution to the world we live in cannot be under estimated. The technology of NLP is around us everywhere, from the advertising we see on the television, to the music played in your favourite clothes store (did you ever wonder why you liked that store so much?).
Now is the time to "seize the day", take control of your life and reach your full potential.