All posts in "What is NLP"

What is NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming?

The term itself, Neuro Linguistic Programming offers a few clues.  Neuro – it involves our thinking, Linguistic – our use of language and Programming – our strategies for getting our outcomes.


Submodalities – changing our reality

Submodalities are the fine distinctions we make within each representational system. They help us remember what we have seen, heard, felt, smelt and tasted both externally and imagined. For instance, we are more likely to remember a large bright picture than a small dull one.


Neuro Linguistic Programming – Changing Behavior and Thinking

Richard Bandler and John Grinder developed Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP in the 70’s. They wanted to find out what made two of the successful communications experts so effective. Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir seemed to have little in common except that they got great results. Bandler and Grinder later studied hypnotherapist Milton Erickson and made the NLP model even […]


NLP Presuppositions – basic beliefs and assumptions

Presuppositions in general are beliefs underlying a system. The presuppositions of NLP are beliefs that guide and have guided the development of NLP. They are not necessarily true, but produce useful results. Beliefs are usually self fulfilling. If we believe someone doesn’t like us, our defensive manner can make this a reality.


The Sceptic’s View of NLP

I was browsing the Skepdics website (appropriate name) last night, checking out what they had to say about NLP and hypnosis. Apparently hypnosis can’t be tested scientifically because it is contaminated by people’s beliefs, expectations, suggestibility and the placebo effect. Hello…. this pretty well is hypnosis. Do they think it is something magical and mysterious? Separate from […]


Stages of Learning

The stages of learning model shows how we move from not knowing that we don’t know to being able to use a skill automatically. As a young child, at one point we have no idea that the story and the squiggles in the book are connected. As expert readers, our ability to read is done […]


The Map is not the Territory

The map is not the territory is the idea that the way we see the world isn’t reality itself. We don’t respond to reality. We respond to our internalized map of reality. How we represent things are our interpretations. Interpretations may or may not be accurate.


NLP Modeling, finding the structure of excellence

NLP Modeling is the process of recreating excellence. We can model any human behavior by mastering the beliefs, the physiology and the specific thought processes (that is the strategies) that underlie the skill or behavior.


NLP Strategies

NLP strategies are the sequence of mental representations or steps we use to generate our outcomes and experiences. That is sequences of images, sounds, sensations, internal dialogue, tastes and smells. They are the way we remember, learn, decide, solve problems and motivate ourselves.