What is NLP?

Neuro :

The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via five senses:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory
Neuro is about your neurological system. NLP is based on the idea that we experience the world through our senses and translate sensory information into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. Thought processes activate the neurological system, which affects physiology, emotions and behaviour


Linguistic :

Language and other non-verbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning:

  • Pictures
  • Sounds
  • Feelings
  • Tastes
  • Smells
  • Words (Self Talk)
Linguistic refers to the way human beings use language to make sense of the world, capture and conceptualise experience and communicate that experience to others. In NLP, linguistics is the study of how the words you speak influence your experience.


The ability to discover and utilise the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes. In other words, NLP is how to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

Programming draws heavily from learning theory and addresses how we code or mentally represent experience. Your personal programming consists of your internal processes and strategies (thinking patterns) that you use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate and get results. NLP shows people how to recode their experience and organise their internal programming so they can get the outcomes/results they want.

When was NLP created?

NLP was initially created in the 1970's by Richard Bandler, a student of mathematics and gestalt therapy, and John Grinder, a Professor of Linguistics at The University of California, Santa Cruz. They began modelling and duplicating the "magical results" of a few top communicators and therapists. Some of the first people they studied included Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, Gestalt Therapist Fritz Perls and Family Therapist Virginia Satir. Since then, many others have contributed to the growth and development of the field.

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