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NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming, is essentially a skilled use of language. Many hypnotherapists train in NLP in order to do two things. Firstly, to communicate successfully with their clients and secondly, to help their clients communicate more successfully with themselves. Remember, language is not purely about the spoken word (although the spoken word is important and NLP has developed a series of very effective spoken language patterns), language is also about silent communication e.g. body language, internal thoughts and representations etc.

The NLP language patterns and techniques have been taught, not only in the context of personal growth and development but also in the business community and in many other arenas.

NLP is bascially a more structured form of hypnosis, and you can learn the language techniques involved in NLP on this free hypnosis course.

What is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. 'Neuro' specifies that we are talking about the mind. 'Linguistic' refers to the science of language. 'Programming' refers to the fact that we are programming the way we use language internally.

NLP was invented by Dr John Grinder, a well known professor of linguistics, together with Richard Bandler. Together they produced a linguistic model that identified the language patterns of a few gifted individuals such as hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, Fritz Perls of Gestalt therapy, anthropologist Gregory Bateson and Virginia Satir, well known for her work in family systems therapy. The synthesis of their findings, a blend of cognitive and behavioural science, resulted in the technology known as NLP. In the decades since its initial development, NLP has grown, changed and expanded, and it continues to do so today. It is not a bible of how to do things, more a flexible approach to personal change. Many well known NLP figures have suggested that 'If it works, it's OK'.

NLP is often used as a vehicle for 'fast' or accelerated change. One of its underlying assumptions is that without NLP people can change and that over time these changes can be profound. The technology of NLP means that the same changes can happen very quickly, even within minutes!

NLP uses 'modelling' and 'strategies' as two of its core tools. Basically, this means looking at how highly successful people or 'models' achieve their success. Which internal strategies do they use? These strategies are then distilled into handy tools that other people can use to achieve similar success.

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For details of how to train in NLP, go to the training page.

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