Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a discipline that investigates the way you are functioning internally in order to come to your unique perceptions, beliefs and behaviours. Through simple exercises and guided experiences you’ll become aware of your inner programs and will be able to transform difficult situations, change your belief system or come to new ways of functioning that are more aligned with who you really are.
We perceive the world through our senses, or in other words, through our neurology. Our life experience consists of what we see, hear and feel. These experiences are stored in our neurology and through them we construct the way we understand the world. This is what we call our programming. Our programming determines how we feel and express ourselves in the external world; our emotions, behaviours, and our verbal and non-verbal communication. This is the language part of NLP. Hence the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Once we know what we do in our mind in order to create an emotional state or behave in a certain way, the possibility to transform it opens up. That’s why NLP is a discipline which is effective to facilitate change, be it to transform difficult experiences, change ineffective behaviours, learn new ways of functioning or optimise ways of functioning which are already effective.
NLP was created in the 70’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who modelled effective therapists like Milton Erickson (Clinical hypnosis), Fritz Perls (Gestalt therapy) and Virginia Satir (Family constellations). Their intention was to reveal the structure behind human behaviour and therapeutic change. Since then NLP has been used successfully not only in a therapeutic context, but also in business, creativity and sports.