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What is NLP?

“Let inspiration come through meticulous observation”  

Eugen Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery 1932

Ask 20 practitioners of NLP what “it” was you would probably get 20 very different answers. It has been described as a science, a process, a study, a model, a set of procedures, a manual, a system, an attitude, a strategy, a technology… no wonder many people are confused and struggle to get a grasp of what “it” is.

NLP is the study of the structure of subjective experience [Dilts et al 1980]. Essentially it is a method of modelling excellence and achievement, or simply understanding ‘what works’.  The methods, once identified, can be taught to others in order to get the same quality of result.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming - NLP, began in the early 1970s when a mathematician called Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder asked themselves a simple but fascinating question: “What is it that makes the difference between somebody who is merely competent at any given skill, and somebody who is truly brilliant at the same skill?”

The practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language, skills and behaviour to produce the results they do developed to provide people with a methodology to model the success strategies that led to outstanding performances achieved by highly successful people.  So, NLP studies experience from the inside. It is all about the “how to” .It is a field that is continually innovating and developing.

A key element of this thinking is that everyone forms unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us.

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As a set of guiding principles, it started with a genuine curiosity and it is that curiosity that enables individuals and groups to explore their own behaviours & ultimately develop more choice.