Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a set of techniques, axioms and beliefs, that adherents use primarily as an
approach to personal development. NLP was influenced by the ideas of the New Age era as well as beliefs in human
potential. The initial ideas of NLP were developed around 1973 by Richard Bandler, a student, and John Grinder, a
professor of linguistics, in association with the social scientist Gregory Bateson. The term "Neuro-linguistic
programming" denotes a set of models and principles meant to explore how mind and neurology (neuro), language patterns
(linguistic), and the organization of human perception and cognition into systemic patterns (programming) interact
to create subjective reality and human behaviors.
Based upon language patterns and body language cues derived from the observations of several therapists, NLP practitioners
believe that our subjective reality drives beliefs, perceptions and behaviors, and that therefore behavior change,
transforming beliefs, and treatment of traumas is possible. Techniques distilled from these observations were described
by the original developers as "therapeutic magic," with NLP itself described as 'the study of the structure of
subjective experience". They are predicated upon the principle that all behaviors (whether excellent or dysfunctional)
are not random, but have a structure which can be understood. NLP has been applied to a number of fields such as sales,
psychotherapy, communication, education, coaching, sport, business management, interpersonal relationships, as well as
less mainstream areas such as seduction and spirituality.
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