The term NLP, or Neurolinguistic Programming, came about because Richard Bandler and John Grinder knew that they had stumbled upon the discovery of a set of psychological processes, attitudes and methods that people used in order to achieve great results (initially in a therapeutical context). What had been ignored up until then, was that many psychological issues, were generally regarded as “bad” or “good” instead of regarding them as the result of wrong processing or right processing. Once Richard and John, started to look at the structure of success and removed the idea of right and wrong, they realised that the reason why people achieved things that others couldn’t, was due to the processing of their thoughts.
Specifically, once they had deconstructed ‘thoughts’ into ‘thinking’, they were able to deduce that our thoughts are not archived, but recollected and that those specific pictures, words, feelings, sounds, tastes and smells, all had specific sub-categories (called sub-modalities). They discovered that people had ‘issues’ often because of either the meaning of this recollection or because of the content itself.
At the same time that they were discovering these valuable components of recollecting, Bandler and Grinder were working with some of the finest people-changers and thinkers on the planet, and they recognised that these people thought differently than others in the same field. By working at the level of the finer detail of the structure of experience, instead of the content or the meaning, they realised that these people changed the lives of others, but also that these tremendous people-changers’ patterns could be duplicated, for others to learn.
As they studied more, it became obvious that when a person created the structure of their experience, it was presented in many ways, not just these standard processes of representing their internal experiences of their visual, sounds, feelings, taste, and touch, but also externally through their language, use of metaphors, voice tone, physiology and the way they processed incoming data.
From this knowledge, there came a whole raft of identified, important programmes or values to measure information against, without which change was unlikely to happen.
This is why the term NLP is somewhat of a misnomer, because what makes NLP useful, is not the components that you will learn on the practitioner course, but the attitude and beliefs that you will adopt as you begin to learn to duplicate the excellence in others. This is why NLP is often described as ‘an attitude’. This is a much better way of thinking about NLP, because in using it in the real world, you’ll need to be dynamic, creative, versatile, observant, and above all, have personal power, that is, to control your own the state and sense of control in the situations you encounter. And this is what you will learn on your practitioner course- to be dynamic, creative, versatile, observant, and have personal power.
NLP, is an analytical set of learnable skills and abilities that allow a trained practitioner to be able to communicate to and receive from other people, information that leads very quickly to understanding a person’s internal processes for thinking, that make up their character.
These skills and understanding can be used to ask specific questions about specific skills so that the internal programmes of an individual can be understood and if required, reproduced by the practitioner. By learning to develop flexibility, the astute practitioner can ‘step into’ the individual’s programme and learn to adapt it so that it enhances their choices. The practitioner can also ‘step into’ the communication style and use this to develop a keen rapport quickly and effortlessly.
By understanding the complete programme (or internal unconscious actions and sequences), that occur during an event, it is then possible to both duplicate the behaviour, or change it using any number of interventions taught to NLP Practitioners.
When you begin to create a unique model of a person’s internal thinking (or model of the world and themselves), you can then adapt your communication so that this person understands you better, plus the interventions you create are far more effective.
People don’t know NLP. They do NLP. The question is – how do you make sure you learn to do it well and how do you know if you do it well? This is another reason why our practitioner deserves looking into.