[heading]NLP – NEURO LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING[/heading]
Neuro Linguistic Programming was developed in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. They studied and utilised ideas from cybernetics, linguistics, communication theory and neurology to model the skills of Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls and Milton Erickson.
The name NLP was chosen as it encompassed the three most important components of human experience – neurology, language, and programming (or patterning).
Neurology regulates our body function and affects internal sensations and emotions and also our external behaviours.
Language determines one of the main ways in which we interact with the world and communicate with other people.
Our programming (or patterning) determines the kinds of ‘models of the world’ we create.
The field of NLP has been developed out of the modelling of human thinking skills. Modelling is the process of taking a complex event or series of events and breaking them down into small enough ‘chunks’ so that they can be repeated in a manageable way. The most significant contribution of NLP is that it enables us to model human thinking skills, and to organise the results into step-by-step strategies or programmes, which then can be taught to others. These strategies can often be transferred into other contexts or content areas