"Growth and development - for all involved."
Jan Brause

N.L.P. - Neuro Linguistic Programming

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?


NLP image

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

William James

N.L.P. is the study of how people excel at what they do and it can be used to teach these patterns to others. This pursuit of excellence began in the 1970s with Richard Bandler, a mathematician, and John Grinder, a linguist. They both began to question how excellent therapists were able to help their clients make dramatic changes in their lives.

The three strands of N.L.P. are Neuro - our thinking processes; Linguistic - the language we use and Programming - our patterns of behaviour. As a tool, it helps us to understand and acknowledge differences between human interactions and because N.L.P. is concerned with structure rather than content, it means we can work with others in a totally non-judgmental way.

Modelling Excellence

The concept of modelling excellence is fundamental to N.L.P. If we can identify the strategies, both external and internal, that individuals use, these can then be learned and applied by others. If we want to model a particular skill, clearly we need to know how someone goes about it and we also need to know about their attitude to what they do - what they think and believe about doing it.

N.L.P. also provides us with models of how things work and techniques to help us quickly and effectively make changes to beliefs that might be limiting us or holding us back.

As a coaching and training tool, N.L.P. helps us to more effectively help people work through change and improve their personal performance in many ways.

  • Some of the Presuppositions of NLP
  • People make the best choice they can at the time
  • The meaning of the communication is the response that you get
  • People have an infinite amount of inner resources
  • We already have all the resources we need, or we can create them
  • If you want to understand, act - the learning is in the doing
  • People respond to their own experience not to reality