NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder through modelling some of the greatest therapists and thinkers in our history. Some of these great people were Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, and Alfred Korzybski, among others.
Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro relates to our neurology or nervous system, which is the mind. Our neurology determines how we perceive the world. Through our neurology the outside world, or "reality", is processed by way of the five senses which are: visual (sight), auditory (hearing), kinaesthetic (touch), olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste). When the outside world is processed by our five senses it is then further filtered down by our neurology by way of meta programs, values, beliefs, attitudes, etc, in order to create an inner representation of the outside world. This is how we make sense of the world so we can navigate through it.
Linguistic relates to language and other non-verbal communication systems through which our neural representations or Inner representations are coded by. These include pictures, sounds, feelings, taste and smells and the words we use which are our self talk. Our language is the code we use. It's how we communicate with ourselves and others.
Programming relates to the habituated patterns we run inside ourselves. Our programming determines the way we operate in the world. NLP gives us the ability to discover and utilise the programs that we run inside ourselves and allows us to better understand how others run their programs. NLP can be used to model other people's programming, those who are getting the results we want.
NLP is often called "the study excellence". This idea of NLP is how you use the language of the mind to consistently achieve your specific and desired outcomes.
How do we discover excellence results in self or others, elicit the neurology and language patterns and install them in ourself or others in order to achieve the same results?
Example of NLP in action:
Take a person who is up and down a lot. They are sad, consistently frustrated at themselves, and they are lacking self worth.
They might come to me and say "Please help me. I don't want to be sad anymore. I want to feel good about myself".
I might dig a little deeper and discover that their desired outcome is "To be consistently joyful and have a strong sense of self-esteem."
I can then ask the right questions to elicit this clients current programming and then I can coach them to begin thinking and speaking in the same way as a person who is consistently joyful and has a strong sense of self-esteem.
This might look like coaching the client to a place of complete self acceptance and acceptance of others.
It might be teaching them how to develop a pattern of being grateful for themselves and what they already have in life.
It might look like teaching them how to continue to forgive themselves when they stuff up, and reminding them they are perfectly imperfect humans like the rest of us.
It might consist of coaching them to rediscover what's most important to them in life so they can get back to truly living a life that fills them up with positivity.
It might consist of coaching them to view the world in a completely different way than what they currently see it as.
The goal for the coach is to coach them to let go of their un-resourceful beliefs, un-resourceful ways of thinking and un-resourceful speaking to themselves, and replace it with very resourceful beliefs, thinking and speaking in order to achieve a new inner programming. One that is like the type of person who is consistently joyful and has a strong sense of self esteem.