NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
NLP is defined as a practical model of the processes we are subjected to in order to experience reality. NLP describes how to recognise, use and change our mental programming.
Neuro-linguistic programming was originally promoted by its co-founders Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s as an effective and rapid form of psychological therapy, capable of addressing the full range of problems that psychologists are likely to encounter, such as phobias, depression, habit disorder, psychosomatic illnesses, and learning disorders. It also espoused the potential for self-determination through overcoming learned limitations and emphasized well-being and healthy functioning.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is said by many to contain the most accessible, positive and useful aspects of modern psychology. It can therefore be helpful in virtually every aspect of personal and inter-personal relations, self-development, and business and organizational relationships.
It enables better communication in customer relations and all types of selling. On a personal level NLP enables better awareness and control of oneself and better appreciation of the other person's feelings and behavioural style. This in turn enables better empathy and cooperation. NLP improves understanding in all one-to-one communications, especially interviewing and appraisals (whether used by the interviewer or the interviewee).
Neuro-Linguistic Programming can also be very helpful for stress management, improving self-esteem and confidence, and developing self-belief and assertiveness. The empathic caring principles of NLP also assist the practical application of ethical and moral considerations (notably achieving detachment and objectivity), and using loving and compassionate ideas in work and life generally.
NLP is of a set of techniques for rapid and effective behavioural modification, and an operational philosophy to guide its use. It is based on four main principles:-
1. Knowing what outcome you want to achieve.
2. Having a clear awareness of whether you are moving towards or away from your outcome.
3. Having enough flexibility of behaviour to vary it until you achieve your desired outcome.
4. Taking immediate action.
There are certain presuppositions underlying NLP. These are things that are assumed to occur in effective communication. They include the supposition that it is useful to make a distinction between behaviour and self and that 'Possible in the world' or 'possible for me' is only a matter of how. It is presupposed that people already have all the resources they need to make the changes they want.
For decades some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil have been using NLP. Research shows that 70% of the companies on the Fortune 500 list make NLP a compulsory part of training for their executives. Top executives on the planet are using it as an infinitely powerful tool of influence, persuasion, learning and success. In simple terms, you can think of it as learning how to do what successful people do.