Neuro-Linguistic Programming (more commonly known as NLP) is an approach to psychotherapy and organizational change based on “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour” that was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s based on observations of the work of therapists such as Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, and Milton Erickson.
The term “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” was created to emphasise the link between neurology, language and behavioural change brought about by experience, and can be used to achieve goals in life. NLP is also the science of modelling, or examining successful individuals to see what they did and how they thought to get the results they achieved, creating a model of this via a criteria of steps and reproducing the results by following the same steps, thereby allowing us to attain excellence in the chosen field.
NLP has been used to address issues in individuals such as phobias, learning disorders, unresourceful behaviours and anxiety, to name but a few.
NLP has many popular applications in todays business world, public speaking, negotiation, sports excellence as well as for enabling individuals to access their full potential and enriching their lives.