I recently studied for and passed my diploma in NLP, below is an introduction to the meanings and uses of NLP.
What is NLP?
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro: Relating to nerves or the nervous system, the method of controlling our bodies and its functions.
Linguistic: Relating to language or linguistics. The way we interface and communicate with others.
Programming: Determines the kinds of models of the world we create.
In NLP we influence the behavior of the brain(neuro) by the use of language(linguistic) to re-code the way the brain reacts to stimuli(Programming)
NLP can be used in many areas of our lives from business to personal, we utilise a framework to work with you on everything from the cure of phobias to business goals and career paths. If someone has done something before it can be modelled and done again with in the constraints of physical limitations, though you can still model any person and achieve what you set out to. Originally 3 people were modelled Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson and Fritz Perls.
Virginia Satir, to produce what they termed the Meta-Model (via their process of modeling), a model for gathering information and challenging a client’s language and underlying thinking. By challenging linguistic distortions, specifying generalizations, and recovering deleted information in the client’s statements, the transformational grammar concepts of surface structure were said to yield a more complete representation of the underlying deep structure and to have therapeutic benefit.
The Milton-Model—a model of the purportedly hypnotic language of Milton Erickson—was described by Bandler and Grinder as “artfully vague” and metaphoric. The Milton-Model is used in combination with the Meta-Model as a softener, to induce “trance” and to deliver indirect therapeutic suggestion.
Fritz Perls, was a noted German-born psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Perls coined the term ‘Gestalt therapy’ to identify the form of psychotherapy.
NLP in Work and Business.
NLP techniques help particularly by making it possible for people to: Set clear goals and define realistic strategies, Coach new and existing staff to help them gain greater satisfaction from their contribution, Understand and reduce stress and conflict, Improve new customer relationship-building and sales performance, Enhance the skills of customer care staff and reduce customer loss, Improve people’s effectiveness, productivity and thereby profitability.