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/// Jul 2, 2018

What is NLP?

Posted by Joseph Scott

To begin, let’s look lightly at a question that I am asked regularly; what is NLP?

Well, NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a communications model; a methodology, a set of tools, models and techniques to help a person communicate more effectively with Themselves and with other people.

In essence, to manage their thinking, feelings, speech and behaviours in a way that serves them and honours everyone else. So, if that is something of interest for you too, carry on reading :) 

NLP is really the emergence (cira.1970) of a new leading-edge model about:

✅ How to manage and run your own brain and mind more effectively.

✅ How you represent your own experiences in a way that make them seem real.

✅ How to map the world so that you can align your objective experience in the world with your subjective experience; this is NLP contentment :)

✅ How to manage your moods and state experiences so you have them and they do not have you.

✅ How to develop effective models and strategies for your life’s desires.

The N-L-P

NLP literally stands for: Neuro-Linguistic Programming. This refers to 3 key aspects of our Mind-Body-Emotion system that we call YOU or ME!


Our mind-body-emotional system or our Neuro-Linguistic Programming is made up of:

1. Neurology; our nervous systems that helps us to breathe, cognise and body to function

2. Linguistics; the language and syntax systems that help run our neurology

3. Programming; these are the patterns and habits of using our neurology and language in a way that can stabilise and give us our sense of Self & reality.


At the Heart

At the heart of NLP is the NLP communication model. This model is what we call a near-concept model.

It models and teaches us so precisely how we function and re-present the world and those in it, to ourselves.

It's almost like being only 1 step removed from the actual process itself!

This model maps out and distinguishes the real world from our (subjective or mapped out) interior world. It shows us how we are running representations (movies) about reality and that we are not experiencing the actual reality itself. A big statement!

A bigger one is in our own experience we are working with and dealing with only our fantasy or imagination of the world.

In essence we are all nuts.

Well, at least; Un-sane (Korzybski), and the great news is that NLP or an NLP course can teach us to run block buster A rated movies and eject the B rated ones.

Isn’t that great?!

The basic premise of NLP, as a model of human functioning, is – that people work perfectly well, that they have all the resources that they need, and that any problem they have isn’t them, but with their programming, habits or frames of mind.




The Legacy of Origin

NLP is a part of the cognitive sciences and Cognitive Behavioural Psychology.

It birthed out of the field of  General Semantics (Korzybski), Transformational Grammar (Noam Chomsky), Anthropology and Cybernetics (Bateson) Family Systems (Virginia Satir), Gestalt Therapy (Perls), and Medical hypnosis (Milton Erickson) - L.Michael Hall 'et al'


The HOW of NLP

In our NLP Practitioner trainings, we give significant emphasis to the component parts that make up what makes NLP so powerful, here are just a few for starters:

The NLP Presuppositions. These are lines or principles that help inform an NLP practitioner of the attitude of NLP.

There are now dozens of these ‘mind-lines’ (L.Michael hall et al.) that act as operating software for how to do NLP.

An example of one of the most famous and significant, coined from Alfred Korzybski- (science and sanity 1933) is: The map is not the territory.


The Map is not The Territory

Then there is the NLP communication model itself, based on the above presupposition.

The representational system of senses (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Auditory digital, Olfactory and Gustatory) that we map and take in the world with.


It’s about value and state management, language distinctions, and the mired ways we filter in and filter out the millions of bits of information that comes at us constantly.

All on behalf of being healthy, happy, effective and efficient human beings. 

So, that is; what is NLP?

It offers immense possibilities for practitioners of NLP and when we are training NLP, like NLP itself, we are not hoping to change you for the better, the only question we have is:




If so, keep it like it is, if not...maybe you now know what to do about it :) 


If you would love to know more about The Coaching Room's NLP courses, here is the link to the NLP Practitioner Course, a 3-month course now 100% online (with Face-to-Face option available too).


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