NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

NLP is a concept used to enhance self development and move towards personal development. Originally this concept was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1076. NLP’s creators explained that there is a connection between neurological processes (Neuro-), language (Linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (Programming), and all that could be changed to achieve our personal goals.

NLP has since been discredited as there is no scientific evidence but for NLP therapists, this coaching is extremely effective, because theses techniques can be used to help you change your behavior and your thinkings.
This allows you to be released from the negative thoughts, feelings and fears  that work as roadblocks in your development and help you to rewire your thought patterns and behaviors and create new ones. Bandler and Grinder also claim that NLP methodology can «model» the skills of exceptional people, allowing anyone to acquire those skills.

NPL is an understanding about how the mind uses the brain to express in our life and create what we call our experience. Any of us has the possibility to improve our skills to become an exceptional person. Is it not a wonderful message? It’s probably this idea that made this theory to be developed and commercialized as coaching method and self-improvement program.

A little breakdown of what the words mean:

Neuro:  It’s our filter about external word. All of us, we own an unique mental filtering system for processing information coming through our senses. All the information received through our senses is filtered through our personal conditioning sieve (beliefs, values, dreams, etc.). As a result, our perception of what we see, hear, taste or smell is changed into a unique understanding and experience of the world.

Linguistic: The way how we express what we feel.We assign our unique understanding of the information  received from the world forming a our second mental map by conveying language to our internal images, sounds, tastes and smells. As a result information received into our conscious and unconscious mind is expressed back out through our language.

You probably noticed already how a same situation explained by two people could be expressed completely different according to the language used to communicate.

Programming: It’s the way we have program our habits. Behaviors, habits and attitudes are formed as a result of the information we take in throughout your life and the influence of our environment. Habits are created through repetition. When we repeat a behavior our brain create a path, this is what we call programming. A negative behavior could become habit resulting in a negative impact in our life. The good thing is that we can change this learning and creating new paths at any stage of our lives.  We can re-program our brain as a computer to acquire new habits and skills.

Moreover when change our paths and behaviors, we change our environment too and the way we communicate with others. So our habits could change our vision of the world, we can change our environment and we will change the way we communicate but changing the way we communicate will also create new habits that will change how we see the world.

Last point, our mind and  body are connected, and your emotions will always communicate and reveal themselves through your body language and feelings. Sometimes, we are not even consciously aware of how we are expressing ourselves. Communication is not only verbal but body language provides a lot of information about how we express ourselves. Our body language could say something completely different because our body language is the window to the unconscious part of our mind! But this will be a topic for another post.

For me NLP, could help to understand better ourselves, our internal and personal world, but also could help to become a better leader, manage groups, learn faster and get more resources in stressful situation.

Let me recommend you this book; NLP The Essential Guide from Tom Hoobyar, Tom Dotz with Susan Sanders.