What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (or NLP)?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP is also called the Art and Science of Excellence. NLP has its roots in studying excellence and then converting the result of these studies into easily installable processes. This process is called Modelling.
What is Modelling?
Sachin Tendulkar, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Anthony Robbins are some of the names whom people treat like Gods in their fields. There are millions of people who aspire to become like at least one of them. They are from different fields with one common denominator – Excellence. NLP Modelling is the study of this excellence.
Who did start Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
NLP was found in 1970’s by Richard Bandler, whose background was in mathematics and gestalt therapy and John Grinder, whose background was in Linguistics. They modelled top therapists of the day namely Virginia Satir (Family Therapy), Fritz Perls(Gestalt Therapy) and Milton H. Erickson(Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy).
The NLP field later attracted many other people with exceptional quality to model others like Leslie-Cameron Bandler, Robert Dilts, Steve Andreas, Tad James, Michael Hall to name a few who furthered the process of modelling and refining the techniques and content.
What does Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) mean?
The term neuro-linguistic programming has got three components:
Neuro: the neurology or brain system. The neurological system regulates how our brains function.
Linguistic: The linguistics define how we interface/communicate with others and ourselves. The linguistic also means the unconscious communication like body language, eye patterns etc, which are not in our conscious control.
Programming: The strategies (i.e. programs) which we use to create our individual models of the world or run our behaviors. These programs can be improved, strengthened or altered as we may like using existing NLP Processes or by modelling new processes.
Who regulates NLP?
NLP falls in open domain. All NLP Techniques are in public domain. There is no regulatory body for NLP.
Doesn’t that dilute NLP content?
Unfortunately, yes. However this is how all open source stuff works. Very soon people are able to find out who is teaching genuine techniques and who is teaching the diluted versions.
How can NLP help in various professions?
NLP has found its use in all professions wherever human excellence is required. Below are some of the ways it can help you in your profession:
Coaching: If you are a coach, you can use NLP Processes to coach your clients and charge higher fee
Therapy: NLP started with modelling top therapists of the day. Hence there are a lot of techniques in NLP which can be used in the context of therapy. If you are a therapist, you can use these techniques and linguistic models to resolve many issues with lesser efforts, lesser discomfort and in lesser time.
Counseling: If you are a counselor, you can use NLP’s language models to drive rapid change with lesser efforts.
Business: If you are a business man, you can use NLP in your negotiations and drive results in your favor.
Sales: Almost all effective sales programs use NLP underneath them. If you are a salesperson, you can use NLP to improve your conversion rate.
Studies: NLP has several techniques to accelerate learning. If you are a student, you can use these techniques in your studies. NLP also provides you with techniques to remain calm and maintain focus in stress free way.
All in all, NLP helps you do more with lesser efforts. You save on time and mental effort. The results are achieved with less discomfort, lesser efforts and in lesser time. Thus you are able to charge higher fee for your services.
Is it a new field?
No, it is no more a new field. NLP was found in 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Major work in NLP happened in first couple of decades.
Is NLP spiritual thing or does it fall in spiritual/metaphysical domain?
NLP is not spiritual stream, but it has got applications in spirituality. NLPers have done significant work on Maslow’s Hierarchy which has got self-actualization as the highest level. Hence there are techniques which help you in self-actualization.
Apart from this NLP has some of the processes derived from Transactional Analysis.
Hence NLP touches spirituality from personal development and change work perspective. However, there is no discussion beyond that in spiritual domain (For example The God, Journey of the soul, levels of consciousness etc) in NLP.
The people with spiritual bend of mind however find it really useful to use some of the NLP Techniques to enhance their awareness and sort things out in their lives.
Where to learn NLP from?
NLP is learnt experientially. Books/Online courses should be avoided if you are a beginner. Even the best book in NLP cannot replace an experiential training. Please have a look at our NLP Trainings page for our upcoming trainings. Our NLP Trainings are recognized by National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NFNLP) FL, USA. We can help you throughout your journey from newbie in NLP till an Elite NLP Coach/Trainer. All our trainings are conducted by Naresh Kumar, who is an author, coach, and practicing hypnotherapist. Naresh has been mentored by Dr. William Horton (founder of NFNLP), and Michael Beale (SNLP). He has the experience of using NLP in Coaching, Therapy and Counseling.