What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming - NLP, began its life in the early 1970s when John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik embarked on their now-legendary work in capturing patterns of genius inherent in Dr. Milton Erickson (Hypnotherapist), Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy) and Virginia Satir (Family Therapist).

Thereafter, through the vast amount of work done by the co-creators of NLP and co-developers of NLP, several NLP methodologies, NLP techniques and tools have been developed which are designed to enhance the quality of lives of people from every walk of life.

Learning NLP enables us to understand how we can effectively think, feel and behave in those aspects of our life in which we are seeking changes. Since, as you are probably aware, that, if we keep doing what we have been doing, we will keep getting what we have got. Hence, the key is to take responsibility of our life and generate new thoughts and behaviours, which will enable us to create changes in our lives.

Hence, by understanding and applying the patterns / NLP techniques learnt during NLP Trainings, we can create changes and achieve more success in every aspect of our lives and thereby lead a more fulfilling life.

A key element of NLP is that each of us form our own unique internal maps of the world as a product of our memories, language and the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our 5 senses from the world around us.

By changing our internal mental maps through the NLP techniques and tools learnt in NLP trainings, people have new experiences in life.


Neuro: Each individual establishes their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of information being absorbed through the five senses.This neurological filtering processes the information which is in the form of images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes, and smells.Since the neurological filtering process differs from person to person due to difference in socio-genetic factors, each individual may differ in what and how much information they receive and perceive through the five senses. Several NLP techniques and tools are designed to enhance the neurological filtering processes.

Linguistic: Subsequently, we assign our own unique meaning to the information we receive from the world based on our memories. We form our internal second mental map by assigning language to the sounds, images, feelings, smells and tastes we have received from the five senses and this forms our conscious awareness. This second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation). Many linguistic based NLP tools are taught in my NLP trainings which bring about awareness of how language shapes our realities. Several linguistic based NLP tools are also taught, which enhances our quality communication.”Communicating is to relationships, what breathing is to lifeInc’ - Virginia Satir.

Programming:Programming is the behavioural response that occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and subsequent linguistic map. The NLP patterns, NLP techniques and tools taught in the NLP training courses are designed to program our thoughts and behaviours, so we can even achieve much more in our lives than what we think we can achieve.

  • ”A modelling technology which focuses on the differences that make the differences between the performance of geniuses and average performers in the same field of activity. The objective of modelling is to explicate in a transferable and learnable way, a set of differences. The core activity of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the mapping of tacit knowledge onto an explicit model.”
    - John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair, ‘Whispering in the Wind’.
  • ”NLP is a methodology for explicitly mapping and tracking human experience for the purpose of modelling, communicating effectively and creating change.”
    - Michael Carroll