Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Neuro Linguistic Programming is a relatively new communication technique or tool used to improve once ability to control their professional and personal life. It is developed in the 1970s by mathematician Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder. Neuro refers to our nervous system, the system that allow us to take the signals corresponding to our 5 senses (hear,see, taste, smell and feel) to and from brain. Linguistics refers to the vocal language, how we bring out what we think through words, along with body language, which is explained by our action. Programming, simply refers to something like computer programs. NLP says that we could program our feelings, thoughts, actions to improve our capability.

Bandler and Grinder, wanted to know how people influence one another. Their project was to try and discover whether excellence could be identified and copied (or modelled). They found a positive result in their project. What they found is, all experience has a sensory basis and we give preference to process them. For eg, some people think in terms of sound, some think visually, some feel.

NLP studies how we know what we know and how we do what we do. It examines the relationship between thoughts, communication and behavior. It also studies the origin and structure of knowledge. By doing so, we would be able to make people use those behaviours, thoughts, actions, communication of successful people/organisation and make them learn those skills to succeed far more rapidly than would be normally possible. There are lots of techniques and theories in NLP, which could be found in many articles in the net and in books. Sometimes, we would have been following one of the techniques of NLP without knowing it is one such NLP technique.


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