What is NLP?
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) was created based on the psychological theories that were accessible in 1970s USA including gestalt, family systems therapy, and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. I find it can be helpful to think of NLP in its component parts.
Neuro: This refers to our internal experience (thoughts and states) that affect our external communication and behaviour. NLP supports a practitioner to map the patterns that exist in their client’s internal experience.
Linguistic: This element is the external representation of our internal experience. It is the tool NLP practitioners use to gain access to how their clients operate on the inside, at the unconscious level. It’s also used to support and influence change in the client.
Programming: This can be thought of as the client’s ability to change. Once an NLP practitioner identifies the patterns in a client’s internal experience, they can use a range of tools including linguistics to support the client to update their approaches. Essentially “re-programming” the unhelpful operations that the client is running unconsciously.