NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming and was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s. It recognises the link between the way the mind interprets what is said and the language that is used.
We all have a favoured way of interpreting information that is presented to us based on our dominant sense – visual (see), auditory (hear), olfactory (smell), kinesthetic (feel), gustatory (taste). It is important that a client’s primary representational system is known in order to direct the therapy to the client in a way that makes sense to them.
The important message that we get from this is that all people are individuals. Your understanding of the world (your map – see quote below) will not be the same as mine or anybody else’s or the world itself (the territory – see quote below). However I work hard to understand your perspective and to structure the therapy accordingly.
“The map is not the territory”Grindler and Bandler
NLP also provides guidance for the questioning process (Meta Model). It helps with specifying and clarifying information and opens up a client’s model of the world. I will add a blog post on this subject soon.
My favourite NLP technique is anchoring as you are able to capture a feeling and reproduce it whenever you want to. See my blog post on anchors which explains a bit more on this technique. I think Richard Bandler’s quote below illustrates one of the key benefits.
“With NLP you get to change how you think, feel and behave. You get to take what you are doing – both inside your head and in the real world – and reprogram yourself so that you can make powerful changes in your mind.”Richard Bandler