What is NLP?


Neuro Linguistic Programming is a form of psychology based on language and personality with powerful applications to business, education and therapy. One of the fundamental premises of NLP is that ‘the Outcome is your Communication’. Rephrased, this means that the way in which we communicate effects the outcome we receive. NLP however takes this concept much further by analyzing people’s physiology, eye patterns, and word patterns, all of which give feedback about how a person processes information and responds to various scenarios.

The 'intellectual technology' of NLP is well recognized as being one of the most effective tools in business, sales, negotiations, public speaking and coaching. Many of the world’s top politicians are NLP trained and use NLP language patterns in their public addresses.

NLP is a behavioral technology. It offers a set of guiding principles, attitudes, and techniques for real-life behaviour, and allows you to change, adopt or eliminate behaviours as you desire. NLP gives you the ability to choose your mental, emotional, and physical states of well-being and has been used in business, education and therapy for over 30 years.

The History of NLP

NLP was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1975. Their initial intention was to discover and model the behaviour of individuals who were excellent communicators. By modeling these individuals, Bandler and Grindler saw the opportunity to develop a system, which became NLP, that would allow them to teach others how to become powerful and effective communicators. They initially studied world renowned Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, gestalt therapist Fritz Perls and the ground breaking family therapist Virginia Satir, as well as utilising some components of Pavlovian behavioural psychology. Over the years, many others have contributed to the growth of NLP.

What Can NLP Do?

From the original models of NLP, a range of techniques have been developed by leading practitioners over the past 30 years. These techniques enable one to change their thought processes, behaviours and beliefs by removing any limitations one may have and thus opening the possibility for any given person to realize their potential in life. NLP also opens up more choices by increasing awareness of emotional and physical states, and thus increasing the control one has over their life

In summary, NLP explores how the mind works, and provides a framework for modelling excellence in thought and behaviour to deliver positive change.

  • Neuro refers to the neurological system, where our experiences are processed through our five senses - Visual (sight), Auditory (sound), Kinesthetic (feel), Olfactory (smell) and Gustatory (taste)
  • Linguistic refers to the way we use both verbal and non-verbal communication to express our experiences and communicate with others.
  • Programming refers to our strategies for all that we do in life. Everything we do has an unconscious order and sequence which we communicate internally to produce results.

Cause and Effect

One of the first things anyone interested in NLP learns is the simple equation of C > E. What this means is that Cause is greater than Effect. The Cause side refers to being at Cause for your own actions and for where you are in life. The Effect side means being at Effect - "everything happens to me, it wasn't my fault".

Most people in the world want to be at Cause but very few are. NLP techniques help people move from the Effect to the Cause so that they are in control of their own environment and can realize their potential.

If you would like to learn how to move from Effect to Cause and take control of your life, please contact us for more information.