What is Neuro-linguistic programming?
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a form of personal development concerned with the way we process thoughts (‘neuro’), use language (‘linguistic’) and behave (‘programming’).
NLP was developed back in the 1970s in California by mathematician Dr Richard Bandler and Associate Professor of Linguistics John Grindler, after they analysed some extremely successful people and identified the common factors, conscious and unconscious, that contributed to their success.
Using NLP techniques, you can start to understand what you do, at both a conscious and sub-conscious level, when you succeed in something – and then how to ‘model’ your success in order to repeat it, and so achieve your goals.
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NLP has been used to help with a wide range of issues from phobias, anxiety, stress and self-esteem issues to eating disorders and quitting smoking. People also use NLP to improve their personal relationships, release and stimulate creativity and help them achieve their full potential in different areas, including sport and at work.
The NLP coach or trainer will ask you about your problem or issue and find out what you want to change or achieve, and then give you some exercises. For example, if you want to stop excessive alcoholic drinking, you might be asked to describe how you feel when you’re about to have another drink, in terms of a colour or shape. The coach will ask you to ‘destroy’ this image and replace it with another representing control and strength. The next time you are offered a drink, this is the image that comes into your mind and it should help you refuse the alcohol. Number of sessions and duration varies.
For more information, see the Association for NLP.