What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?
Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP is a communication model that is inter-personal in approach and is being considered as an alternative approach to psychotherapy. NLP is based on subjective study and the inquiry involves language and communication. While some consider Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP as a theory, there are others who swear by its being a set of techniques and more of strategy than a model.
Richard Bandler and John Grinder co-created NLP in the 1970s and initially their focus was pragmatic. They supported the modeling of three successful psychotherapists, with the aim of uncovering exhibited patterns of behavior and communication in all three, which were distinctly different from those observed in their peers. Today, the experimentalism of Richard Bandler and John Grinder in Neuro Linguistic Programming can be seen as the many variants applied in seminars and workshops. There are books and audio programs now designed to help clients incorporate Neuro Linguistic Programming in the form of exercises and principles, to influence change in themselves and others around them.
Importance of Neuro Linguistic Programming:
NLP helps to increase behavioral choice. This is achieved through manipulation of personal state and a person’s belief and internal representation. The external support is made available by a Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner or trainer. In many cases, today, people are even experimenting with self-application successfully.
Some of the main ideas propounded by Neuro Linguistic Programming includes the assumption and generated belief that problems, desires and feelings and even the outcomes of our actions are represented within the visual, auditory and kinesthetic systems of the human anatomy. The underlying principle involves response to non-verbal clues instead of just listening to and responding to what a person says. This enables the person to look beyond and analyze a situation or outcome by ones self.
NLP is in contrast to mainstream psychotherapy. It does not focus solely on diagnosis and treatment or the assessment of mental and behavioral disorders. Neuro Linguistic Programming works towards helping subjects to overcome self-perceived problems. All this is done in a clinical like setting and while respecting the other person’s capabilities and wisdom. The person’s mind set is restructured to choose additional goals for the intervention even as he or she learns to handle problems. The subject is encouraged to modify and specify goals by the therapist. All this is now part of a practicing therapeutic discipline that is known as Neuro Linguistic Coaching®.
The application of Neuro Linguistic Programming is now being successfully in business communication, management training, sales and also within the world of sport. Except for the application of Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques such as eye accessing cues, reframing or therapeutic metaphor, the applications can be adopted and practiced beyond the therapeutic setting.
Neuro Linguistic Programming is yet witnessing a great deal of debate on the difference between the depth and breadth of training and standards adopted. NLP’s developer, Richard Bandler, has long ago formed The Society of NLP® to standardize its study and application. Because so many unlicensed practitioners and trainers have entered the field, NLP still seems to be loosely spread by some, yet its principles and presuppositions shared by its proponents are still making a difference in a lot of people’s lives.