What is NLP?

NLP comes from words Neuro-Linguistic Programming. In this instance the word “Neuro” refers to our neurological processes, ie. the processing of information within our brain and mind. “Linguistic” refers to both our verbal and body language, through which we communicate in both conscious and unconscious level. By “Programming” we mean the structure of our thinking and how we have programmed ourselves to think and, as a result, act, and especially the way we can get better results by changing certain structures.

In short: NLP is probably the most efficient way to develop ourselves and have access to our internal resources.

NLP was originally developed in the early 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. As some sort of initial nudge to develop NLP was Bandler’s discoveries of the incompetence of psychology and different forms of therapy to produce practically any help to people. Together with Grinder, Bandler studied and modeled  those few therapists who, in contrast to most others, for some reason were able to produce positive results. These therapists were Milton Ericksson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls, among few others.

After modeling these able therapists, Bandler and Grinder started to model also other top experts of their field: Olympic athletes, corporate executives, sales people, artists and so on. Bandler and Grinder realized that they were able to first model the unconscious skills and mind strategies of these top experts, and then teach other people to think and act in the same way as they do. An understanding, of how human brain works and how people can be taught to think and behave in more useful and meaningful ways, was born.

In NLP, the subjects of interest are not the problems and their history, but rather the skills, competencies, successes and their structure. NLP is, above all, a technology through which we are able to create desired changes. As Richard Bandler puts it: “NLP is not about fixing people, it’s about optimizing people.”

Dr. Richard Bandler, who is indisputably the father and developer of NLP, has developed NLP further for about 40 years now. This is why the NLP represented by Dr. Bandler, is nowadays something much more than what it was in the beginning. NLP methods have been used, for example, in setting of personal goals, curing fears and phobias, therapy work, mental coaching of top athletes, development of communication skills, strengthening of self esteem and coaching of business executives.

I am a Licensed Trainer of NLP® who is trained by Dr Richard Bandler himself and certified by The Society of NLP™. Therefore all students who pass my NLP trainings will be granted a certificate by Dr Richard Bandler.

When you want to get a certified NLP training to your organization or any other group of people, or to get more information about NLP courses, please contact me at:
hannu@hpaconsulting.fi
or
Tel. +358 50 66 281

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