NLP stands for ‘Neuro Lingusitic Programming’ and has been around since 1970’s when its co-founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder first modelled other therapists.
NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can effect every aspect of our lives.
It looks at the way in which we think and process our thoughts (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our behaviours (Programming) and how these interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals. NLP is a collection of a wide range of methods and models which create an understanding of thought process and behaviour. Using these techniques can bring about a positive change in your life and how we make mental maps inside our brain, how we use those maps to make sense of life and, especially how we communicate those maps with others.
Consider the child who has low confidence. Commonly we find out this child has an internal map (or template) based on an early experience. This means each time they go to interact with others or go into new situations, a set of responses are activated, which bring up the same set of uncomfortable feelings in each situation they find themselves. Using NLP, hypnotherapy, meditation and a number of other skills and resources, children can be taught how to change their maps, so they can gain confidence, or motivation, or overcome their fears.
Our entire history of experiences are housed within this internal library and each memory has a record of what was seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted at that time. These perceptual maps affect our behaviour in each situation that we encounter.