What is NLP?
NLP stands for 'Neuro Lingusitic Programming' and has been around since 1970's when its co-founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder first modelled other therapists.
NLP is frequently known as the "users manual for your mind" and studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can effect every aspect of our lives.
It looks at the way in which we think and process our thoughts (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our behaviours (Programming) and how these interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals.
NLP is a collection of a wide range of methods and models which create an understanding of thought process and behaviour. Understanding these techniques can bring about a positive change in you and others.
The co-creators of NLP defined NLP as follows:
"NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques." Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP)
"The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius." John Grinder (co-creator of NLP)
... And there are many, many more definitions out there!