Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP )
Strategies and a mental tool that can help us survive and thrive socially and psychologically
It is the new science of personal and career achievement which is based on modifying behavior concept which is called “modeling “ , which means analyzing the secrets of success that a specific person is applying it.
This art and science can help us to progress and accelerate with high motivation, encouragement to practice the notion of self-improvement, self-mastery, and more efficient social communications.
NLP offers basic foundations and assumptions about how can we live, think and act wisely.
NLP is revolving about neurology, psychology, and language, it is an interdisciplinary science which studies the way we talk to ourselves, environment, self-image, movements of eyes and body language and how all of that affect brain (neurological) functions.
NLP is based on meditation philosophy where you close your eyes to be aware of yourself and think of your future to design it, you can compare it to hypnotherapy.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming name is related to 3 main questions:
Firstly, how senses perceive, specify and process experience before storing it in brain (neuro), how the individual uses words and it’s sequence, stories, symbols, memories to build mental pictures and movies (linguistic) – which means the language of the brain, and how habits become fixes and hard-wired in the brain (programming).
NLP is a new way in the field of self-help which started in the early 1970s and took place in Santa Cruz, California and that when Dr.Richard Bandler, a psychology student at U.C. Santa Cruz, met Dr. John Grinder an associate professor of linguistics.
When the researchers developed, others started to help, study and contribute to NLP.
NLP now is not based on the cofounders only but also includes the efforts of Dr.Tad James – TimeLine Therapy founder-, Leslie Cameron Bandler, Dr.Wyatt Woodsmall, Dr. Robert Dilts, Judith DeLozier, Steve Andreas, Connaire Andreas, Stephen Gilligan, Joseph O’Connor, and David Gordon.
Bandler and Grinder were excited by Milton Erickson’s conversational strategies and were affected by his therapeutic style and they included Erickson’s manner of hypnosis into their research.
Milton was a psychiatrist whose focus was on Influencing the unconscious using easy, emotional, motivational and “artfully vague and full of ambiguities ” techniques with the power of authoritarian suggestions.
Erickson focused on ice breaking, creating mutual rapport and communicating with clients with a convenient way that is the same to their model of the world (values and believes) to eliminate personal resistance.
Erickson’s techniques became an important part of NLP and is well established and taught “Milton Model” which can be applied in various fields and situations especially in business and psychotherapy.
The first two books about NLP were a brief conclusion by Bandler and Grinder focusing on the techniques used by Gestalt founder Perls and the well-known sociologist and family coach Virginia Satir.
The Structure of Magic, Vol I & II.
The books introduce the language patterns that are elements of effective dialogue and change process that could be utilized in coaching.
NLP is about seeking for the difference which makes the whole difference, it is about going meta to the depth using various models to be able to imitate then exceed successful personalities.
Written By Mohamed N. El Masry