What is NLP? – the more definitive version
It is defined by Robert Dilts, John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Judith DeLozier in their 1980 Book ‘Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Volume 1’:
“Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the discipline whose domain is the study of the structure of subjective experience”
It is a powerful and widely used discipline which is about how mind creates experience; what consciousness is made up of; and how it works. It is a set of skills and models which enable us to make often dramatic improvements in replicating human excellence, and in healing human pathology.
NLP is a set of skills which can enable us to significantly accelerate personal development and professional communication skills in fields as diverse as psychotherapy, business and education.
NLP studies the patterns and processes (programming) created by the interaction between the brain (neuro) , language (linguistics), the body and the senses.
It is an applied behavioural science that provides:
- An Epistemology – a science of how we know what we know
- A Methodology – processes and procedures for applying the above knowledge
- A Technology – a set of intra and interpersonal skills for applying both the above
This is based on the most comprehensive definition of NLP given by Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier’s ‘ Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding’ published by NLP University Press in 2000. To read this, google ‘NLP Encyclopedia’, click on Volume N, then click on Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
There is an interesting and some might consider controversial article regarding NLP at Wikipedia that you may like to read… or not!