(NLP) Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a body of work, processes and tools as well as a living attitude. It's a practice and perspective which when applied in life empowers you to focus and act on what you want, taking 100% responsibility for your state of mind, outcomes and results. NLP is the study and learned ability to recreate excellence in behavior, attitude, state of mind and results.
As far as I’ve applied it and am concerned, NLP is one suite of tools that gives every individual more access to their greater innate resources around an empowered state of mind and ability to focus and act toward positive results. It’s not a theory to wax poetic about, it’s learning and applying the processes and methodologies to get and measure results. Like anything that produces real change, it must be practiced on a daily basis and integrated with us as individuals. While many of NLPs tools produce rapid change (15 minutes or less) because of re-mapping of neural pathways, applying it in more fundamental ways is a discipline.
Historical and Present Considerations: NLP as an evolving body of processes, perspectives, and techniques for getting applied results draws from many sources. NLP has no active trademark since Richard Bandler and John Grinder co-founded NLP in the late 70s. Today you will find many academies offering trainings, which then add other elements to their curriculum to make them better and unique. I find it important to do research on the origins of any body of work, and for those of you interested to explore I’ve listed some of the key players that I’ve researched.
The work of Alfred Korzybski. (July 3, 1879 – March 1, 1950) was a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, which he viewed as both distinct from, and more encompassing than, the field of semantics. He argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and the languages humans have developed, and thus no one can have direct access to reality, given that the most we can know is that which is filtered through the brain's responses to reality. His best known dictum is "The map is not the territory". Book of note: “Science and Sanity” written in 1933.
The work of psychologist Milton Erickson. (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) was an American psychiatrist and psychologist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. Erickson was the main progenitor of Clinical Hypnotherapy in the 20th Century, and was responsible for Hypnosis being taken seriously as an approved therapy. He influenced family systems therapy and of note Virginia Satir.
The work of Gregory Bateson. (9 May 1904 – 4 July 1980) was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician, and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. In the 1940s, he helped extend systems theory and cybernetics to the social and behavioral sciences. He spent the last decade of his life developing a "meta-science" of epistemology to bring together the various early forms of systems theory developing in different fields of science. His writings include Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972) and Mind and Nature (1979). Angels Fear (published posthumously in 1987) was co-authored by his daughter Mary Catherine Bateson.
Viginia Satir. (26 June 1916 – 10 September 1988) was an American author and therapist, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her pioneering work in the field of family reconstruction therapy. She is widely regarded as the "Mother of Family Therapy". Her most well-known books are Conjoint Family Therapy, 1964, Peoplemaking, 1972, and The New Peoplemaking, 1988.
· NLP is effective and solution-oriented. It is a time bound and strategic therapy. Its objective is to mobilize our unconscious resources, give us greater access to choice, and have us create a healthy rapport between our conscious and unconscious mind.
· In NLP, there is no question of proof, but whether or not there are results; it is totally practical, and solution focused.
· NLP does not diagnose pathology, it presupposes that everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available at the time. As stated above its application is to gain greater access to increased resources, choices and therefore wholeness.
· NLP identifies our strategies, so we can optimize them. Our strategies are what we do to get our results.
· NLP therapy also involves learning how to correctly think about our past to achieve the results we want.
Take a look below at the core elements of NLP. Notice how this synthesis of modalities has been way ahead of the times as we come into an era of incredible discoveries in neuroscience. You’ll find that the seemingly mysterious science of quantum physics has in fact practical implications as applied to what we think, feel, the states of mind we can generate and the behaviors we employ to get results and make lasting change in our relationship with ourselves, others and our environment.
Neuro refers to the whole nervous system and brain, how we perceive.
Did you know there are roughly 90,000 miles of nerves in our bodies!? Current estimates for the number of neurons in our bodies is over 100 billion. So the neuro part of the name has to do with how our brains and bodies perceive and store information. In other words, how our minds perceive and receive.
Linguistics emphasizes the importance of the language we use, both to others and more importantly to ourselves. The language we use to describe, communicate and symbolize our experience of reality.
So it’s both observing and actively reprogramming our 'self talk', as well as looking more closely at how we communicate and use our language with others to be effective, understood, and successfully convey meaning. It cannot be understated the power of our language.
Programming refers to what's automatic in our body and minds including what ends up as habits, corresponding to the way we encode the information we perceive through our senses to get results.
Did you know that any habit you create is something you've programmed through repeated thought and action into your unconscious mind? It's true, think of it. When we do something over and over and over, eventually we stop having to think about it, and it runs in the background just like a computer program. It does the job it was programmed to do.
The programming in NLP is where we get very intentional about how we're programming our minds. When we focus our minds on what we want, and take the actions that match - we guarantee our own results.