What is NLP? NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
According to our friend, Mike Bundrant (who is an NLP practitioner and author of this new blog on the topic), NLP “is a grass roots personal and professional development movement that began in the early 1970′s when a small group of college students in Santa Barbara set out to discover the structure of subjective experience. This group of brilliant and curious souls, led by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, soon discovered a unique way of approaching how the mind works. The NLP models that resulted from exploring subjectivity constitute a singular contribution to the field of psychology and personal development.”
NLP is focused on the three components that comprise human experience — neurology or neuropsychology (the brain) and language, and the interaction between the two (the “programming” part).
Most modern practitioners of NLP simply see it as a pragmatic way of looking at human behavior and emotions.
According to Mike, “The NLP approach to human potential is a departure from convention. To learn to solve problems, NLP students don’t study those who had the problems to learn about what went wrong. They study those who used to have the problems and had since resolved them.
“With a unique process called modeling NLPers systematically deconstructed the mental and behavioral strategies that lead to success and taught those strategies to those in need.”
While there are those who discount the usefulness or underlying tenets of NLP, we take a neutral stance on the practice and keep an open mind. That’s why we’re happy to welcome NLP Discoveries to the Psych Central family, and hope you will too.
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Last reviewed: 17 Jan 2013