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What is NLP?
Written by Simon on Oct. 02 2018
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. 

One of the principles is that there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioural patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.

NLP methodology can "model" the skills of exceptional people, allowing anyone to acquire those skills. NLP has been used to treat problems such as phobias, depression, tic disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, near-sightedness, allergy, common cold, and learning disorders.

NLP is essentially about behavioural modelling which means that any task or skill done well (or excellently) can be decoded and replicated so that others can learn to do the same skill or task. It’s this aspect of NLP (the modelling) that means NLP is so widely applied. NLP is often referred to as a meta-discipline (or an approach that informs many approaches).

Dr Richard Bandler who is widely regarded as the Co-Founder of NLP defines NLP as ‘an attitude and methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques’.
A more formal definition would look something like this:

Neuro: Our nervous system, brain/mind and how that interacts with the body.

Linguistic: The words and language we use. Language can be verbal and non verbal.
Programming: Is the habits of thought (often unconscious) that lead to habits of behaviour. By discovering these with NLP you can then decide whether they work well for you or lead you to be unhappy and unfulfilled. This places you in a great position of CHOICE about whether you would like to change them.
The 6 main building blocks of NLP: 
 “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” (Buddha)

1. Neuro:
NLP studies and works with the mind, how we think and how we store our past experiences, putting them to good use if the need arises.
2. Linguistic:
The use of language, verbal and non-verbal affects us and NLP constructs its models on that, using language and language patterns towards the desired goals
3. Programming:
The ability to organise our actions, thoughts and access to our past experiences can be (self-) programmed, sequenced in the best way to aid in achieving our specific desired goals
4. Attitude:
It works on the best physical and emotional state to accomplish a task and produce best results in different contexts.
5. Modelling:
This involves modelling successful people actions to achieve similar results. It starts by asking good questions and moves on to learning without letting our intellect interfere with our learning.
6. Techniques:
A positive attitude and a passion for modelling will result in many new techniques. People practicing NLP have produced many useful techniques to help others to reach their objectives and overcome 'blocks' where appropriate.
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