NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a methodology that has been around since the early 1970’s when it was established by Dr John Grinder and Dr Richard Bandler. NLP is about the study of human excellence or human success. Its developers originally studied therapists who were considered to be the most skilled in the world in their area of expertise. Since then NLP has gained worldwide recognition and developed into the most powerful behavioural change technology that is available today.
Like the related field of psychology, NLP has applications in so many areas that you have almost certainly heard of it under other names already. For example, in personal development NLP is the science behind most of what world-class motivator Tony Robbins uses. In education, some of the applications of NLP are known as ‘Accelerated Learning’.
NLP can also be used to study how excellent sports people win competitions, how high achieving managers create winning teams, how people can heal from illnesses quickly, or how people with a photographic memory have total recall ability.
The same principles allow us to study how unsuccessful strategies are working, such as depression or anxiety, and therefore what patterns need to be changed in order to have mental wellness.
“I have never seen a more powerful technology.”
Scott Degarmo, Editor-in-Chief of Success Magazine, says of NLP
The two central co-developers of NLP were Dr John Grinder, a professor of linguistics, and Dr Richard Bandler, a mathematician. The initial ‘models of excellence’ they studied included highly skilled and respected practitioners such as psychotherapist Dr Virginia Satir and pioneering medical doctor Milton Erickson.
Currently thousands of internationally certified NLP Practitioners, Master Practitioners and Trainers use NLP models and techniques in virtually every country, and across an exhaustive number of areas including health, emotional wellbeing, performance, relationships and communication. NLP has a growing reputation for being one of the most effective approaches to overcoming trauma, PTSD, phobias, asthma, abuse, anxiety and depression. NLP is being used increasingly in both the public and private sectors around the world, including the UK National Health Service, Nasa, IBM, Xerox Oracle, American Express, Apple Computers, Merrill Lynch, BMW, and many others to improve communication, build teams, and increase productivity.
“NLP may be the most powerful vehicle for change in existence.”
Psychology Today Magazine says
The New Zealand Association of NLP encourages standards of NLP practice in New Zealand.