N, neuro, L, linguistic (language), P, program. Neuro-Linguistic Programming was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1975. They essentially realized the basic components of “human experience” in our neurology, our language and how we are programmed. Think about it: As babies we were influenced by all that surrounded us. Our neurons soaked in all sensory input. We, as babies, babbled and cooed ourselves into the language that we heard: We were programmed along our neuro-pathways by what we saw, heard, felt and understood.
NLP explores these pathways, these “programs” of being human. Through observation and modeling others, one becomes aware of different models of human behavior. Each of us has different responses to the same stimuli. Why? Because our neuro linguistic program is unique to each of us. NLP is a way of unraveling and/or retracing our programming to better understand not only our own individual response to life, but to understand the “programs” of others, of companies, of classrooms, of communities, and –even of our families. With that knowledge comes understanding, patience, efficiency in work, confidence, ability to move through a crisis in “half the time,” the tools to face difficult feelings, tools to dissipate hate into understanding, disillusionment into truth, understanding the fear beneath a lie–thus accepting the truth, the courage to stop smoking, the underlying truth of addiction—-and the list goes on and on.
We all have assumptions that are buried deep within us of which we are unaware. NLP brings up several presuppositions that relate to these unconscious beliefs that so many of us have. For example: We can be exasperated with ourselves, believing that we are failures. An NLP presupposition that I love is: There is no such thing as failure; only feedback. That one presupposition changed my self-esteem immensely. When I believe that I am a complete failing idiot, then I just remind myself that what I once thought was failure, is feedback —–then I don’t dissolve into a puddle of tears. I realize, instead, that I have an opportunity to learn the lessons of the experience. A few other NLP Presuppositions are: “Everyone is doing the best he or she can with the available resources:” “The map is not the territory:” “People are not their behaviors,” and many more.
Studying and taking courses in NLP not only strengthens and enhances lives, but also assists people in coming closer and closer to reaching their full potential. NLP is basically a course in personal development. I have always come away from my courses with more internal strength I didn’t even know I had.
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