NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP stands for 'Neuro Linguistic Programming'. "Neuro" stands for the mind and how it influences and controls the body. It is much more than just the physical brain; rather, it is the way that the brain affects the body on both conscious and subconscious levels.
"Linguistic" stands for the way a person uses language (words, tone, statements, questions, etc.). Language is a powerful window into what a person thinks, and by observing a person's language, it is possible to discover a great deal about him or her.
The last part of the name "Programming" creates confusion when it is not correctly defined.
This part of NLP is not about programming a person to think certain things, do things a certain way, or feel a certain way. Instead, programming is the process of examining the patterns and thinking a person uses habitually (their programs) and how they affect that person's life.
Everyone has their own programs, but many people simply aren't aware of them and the impact they have.
NLP has been around for over 30 years, so it is not a fad or passing fancy. It is roots are in the collaborative work of Richard Bandler, John Grinder, and Gregory Bateson in the early 1970's. Through observation and study, they created models for how a person's mind, language, and patterns of thinking combine to create what that person perceives as reality.
From these early beginnings, NLP has evolved and grown as technique that can be used in a variety of situations. It is based on behaviour and observation with the goal of uncovering life patterns that work well and life patterns that do not work well. Once those patterns are identified, it is possible to go about strengthening what works and changing what does not work.
NLP is a collection of models techniques and strategies for modelling excellence, in order to help us better understand how our thought processes and behaviour, including how the language we use, influences the way we think and the results we get. Modelling excellence in any field enables us to bring about a positive change in ourselves and others.

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