NLP

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a discipline that belongs to the field of human sciences. It is actually a method of applied psychology that aims at encouraging people to learn how to better know themselves, by improving their ways of functioning, and communicating.

NLP’s object deals with the way people build their own life experiences, in relation with the world outside, with themselves and with the others. By analyzing our behavior, our mental ways of functioning, and our emotional reactions, NLP can help us in modifying what actually makes us suffer. The objective is basically to enable us to open up in our personal and professional life.

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Neuro

our life programs are coded inside our neural pathways

L

Linguistic
because it is our verbal and non-verbal language that structures our programs, reflecting our inner life.

P

Programming : by « programs »

NLP points to our ways of thinking, feeling, behaving in our everyday lives, with their learning, automation and habits counterparts. These programs can stem from conscious or unconscious behavior.

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SOME HISTORY


NLP was shaped in the seventies at the University of Santa Cruz by Richard Bandler, mathematician and psychotherapist, and Dr. John Grinder, professor of linguistics. Both of them had decided to study people known as excellent communicators and actors of changes. They were truly fascinated by the excellent results obtained by some psychotherapy and communication professionals, such as Fritz Perls (founder of the Gestalt therapy), Milton Erickson (father of the new hypnosis), and Virginia Satir (who developed the family and couples therapy.) Bandler and Grinder also got inspired by great linguists such as Alfred Korzybski and Noam Chomsky, as well as by the anthropologist and sociologist Gregory Bateson and of the psychoanalyst Paul Waztlawick.  Bandler and Grinder decided to unify this methodological patchwork identified through these aces of communication, and to define a know-how leading for sure to successful changes.

Today, we can count many great professors and practicians worldwide, and NLP is now used in a number of other disciplines, such as communication, trade, teaching, business, sports, etc. NLP continues to improve thanks to the contribution of many researchers. NLP’s future indeed sounds promising!

THE MODEL


NLP is not a theory, but a model. Its object is the way the system functions. NLP observes and describes the way a given system functions, and once a system is identified as leading to excellence, NLP creates a model to enable the reproduction of the system. This is why these models are considered as concrete and practical.

TECHNIQUES AND DOMAINS OF APPLICATION


In the toolbox of NLP practicians, we can find a set of communication and self-transformation techniques that are more interested in our reactions rather than in identifying the origins of our behavior. These techniques therefore enable us to define achievable goals, and to reach them. Thanks to the language, the use of our five senses and the observation of our perceptions, NLP will enable us to « program » and reproduce our own successful models.
There is no contraindication for practicing NLP, a part from some severe personality disorders and profound psychological suffering that belongs to psychiatry.

We can use NLP if we want to :

  • Be efficient in communication
  • Improve our relationships
  • Manage our emotions and feel more confident
  • Better know ourselves and modify some of our behavior, to become more efficient
  • Know how to determine clear, precise, motivating and achievable objectives
  • Solve the problems that prevent us from reaching our objectives
  • Find our values, our personal and professional goals
  • Solve our problems of phobias or traumatic souvenirs

NLP can also mobilize the resources that our sometimes unconscious or those we do not utilize very much, if not at all. Some gifts and talents are there waiting for us to come to the surface and help us becoming who we are.

To cope with a given situation, a person can use its own creativity and abilities, in a more or less efficient way. NLP coaches will help you identify these moments where you feel efficient and competent, and this will define a kind of personal « benchmark » on which rely later on when facing a difficulty or a challenge. NLP offers you more options, more choices.