Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the study of success, the study of excellence. It is an art and a science. NLP techniques are powerful techniques that are now a part of many different fields. NLP is an integral part of personal development, coaching, business, sports psychology, neuroscience, communication and education.
NLP was initially developed in the early 1970’s by John Grinder, a Professor of Linguistics, and Richard Bandler, at that time a psychology student. They studied then modelled the work of top therapists such as Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson. Bandler and Grinder’s focus was on producing models of successful therapy that could be learned by others. The patterns they modelled and refined could be used for effective communication and personal growth and change leading to a greater enjoyment of life. They named this new field of study Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Neuro refers to our neurology, the brain and human nervous system, how we think and feel. Linguistic refers to verbal and non-verbal language, what we say, how we say it and how we change what we do from what we hear. Programming relates to the structure or set-up of our neurology and linguistic system and how we behave to achieve the results we do.
This was just the beginning. Since that time and those initial models the field has continued to grow. Others have added and continue to add to the body of knowledge, studying how people do things excellently and modelling what they do, hence, the study of excellence or the study of success.