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What does NLP mean?

NLP stands for NeuroLinguistic Programming

Neuro - Refers to the process of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting and smelling – these senses determine our inner thought processes as well as how we experience the world.


Linguistic - Refers to the way we use language to communicate internally with ourselves and also, externally with others, to make sense of our experiences in the world.

Programming - Refers to the way we program our thoughts and therefore our behavior. We do this unconsciously and without control. NLP enables us to choose our programming to create the most effective behavior in any situation.

Why NLP?

NLP has been defined as the “users manual for your mind” because studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can affect every aspect of our lives.

In the 1970’s, the co-creators of NLP originally defined NLP as follows:

“NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques.“

Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP)

“The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius.“

John Grinder (co-creator of NLP)

NLP pressupositions

NLP is a method for modelling excellence, and NLP presuppositions are not beliefs, laws, governing rules or regulations, but are attitudes which lead to excellence.

Here are the main ones:

  • The map is not the territory.

  • There is no failure only feedback.

  • The meaning of your communication is the response you get-no matter what your intentions are.

  • Each of us has the resources to meet our next developmental challenge.

  • Every behavior is motivated by a positive intention. 


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