Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a cutting edge branch of psychology with continuously evolving applications for coaching, psychotherapy, sports, business, sales, and behavioural health. It can be combined with and used to enhance methods of teaching and communication.
Richard Bandler and Dr John Grinder in the 1970's analysed the communication patterns of renowned family therapist Virginia Satir, Dr. Fritz Perls (founder of gestalt therapy), and internationally famous hypnotherapist and psychiatrist Dr. Milton Erickson. Producing a method of psychotherapy called NLP.
Today, NLP is practiced and taught worldwide to help to identify why we react to certain stimulus the way that we do and what we can actively do to help to change those behaviours, teaching people from all walks of life how they can achieve personal success and excellence, with hundreds of books and workshops on the subject.
During the course of our lifetime we all set into motion certain patterns or programmes that with repetition become our automatic responses, our beliefs and values. This then becomes our internal map of reality, how we perceive things to be. NLP helps us understand our maps and improve them.
As the cause of some behaviours and emotions lie outside conscious awareness NLP works with both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind through hypnotic processes.
NLP helps people change their behavioural-cognitive-emotional states so that they can alter their behaviours. NLP is based on communication patterns and structured cognitive exercises that combine conversation, hypnotic language, trance works, metaphor, visualization, eye movements, physical movement, breathing, and posture.