What is NLP?

Neuro-Linguististic Programming was developed in the 70’s in the USA (California, University of California) by Richard Bandler and John Grinder with Judith DeLozier, Leslie Cameron-Bandler und Robert Dilts. NLP originates from Psychology, Linguistics and Brain research.

The three mysterious letters stand for:

  • Neuro - such as the nerve and sense organs. Our senses perceive the world. This information is processed in the brain. The processing of these perceptions is therefore of utmost importance for how we think, feel and behave.
  • Linguistic - such as speech, language and language patterns are the mirrors of our internal processes and personality. Our language structures, the linguistic processes, influence our thoughts and perceptions. (Selective perception)
  • Programming - we are able to change and develop by means of a conscious application to our perceptions and speech.

The founders deal with the question of what it is that distinguishes successful people from less successful ones, and how this knowledge, as a model, can be transferred and learnt. NLP is constantly and continuously being developed. While other learning and therapy programs require months or years, NLP requires only a few sessions with the qualified counsellor. Learning with NLP takes place subconsciously.

NLP qualifies as the most efficient and effective communication model. NLP is successfully applied in areas such as therapy, education, business and law – wherever it is about the development of human potential. NLP is solution and goal oriented and provides a selection of effective techniques with which one can, taking the individual into consideration, successfully move from the status quo to the desired outcome.
One of the basic presuppositions of NLP is that people, as a result of their learning experiences and perceptions, develop an internal world view which is not in accordance with the real world, and they react to the world according to this “map” of the world. As a result of this many limitations and blocks occur in everyday communication. If a person’s internal map can successfully be expanded, he or she will experience more choices and behave accordingly. This is for everyone who is prepared to reflect and broaden their thinking and behaviour. The result: the ability to deal with the self and others optimally, which will benefit the entire social environment.


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