Even though I already have a listing about what NLP and I probably defined a million times for people I still find that I am always asked what exactly is NLP? it seems to me that people even other people that are NLP practitioners do not have a clear understanding of NLP. I was wondering why this was until I started researching it and found that every practitioner that was published had a different working definition. So what I thought I would do here is explain each definition in the hopes that you really understand what NLP is and what is possible.
NLP definition#1: NLP is the study of the structure of human experience. What this implicates is that your personal experience has a structure to it. It also implies that the people that created NLP have some how categorized experience into manageable parts or models. If your experience sucks (technical term), NLP can help change that sucking experience.
So if you don’t have the money, the girl/guy, the relationship, friendship, the work, the career, the body etc. NLP can help change that. Because your life as you experience it has a structure, by knowing the structure, it can be altered. NLP can alter your perception so that you see the opportunities that seem to not be there, to figure out how to be that person that will attract that girl/guy and have your life moving forward.
If there is a person on earth that has what you want, NLP can teach you how to model that experience. Richard Bandler to this day talks about creating NLP as the art of modeling human excellence.
It is because if the idea that there is a structure(something stagnant) to an experience that allows us the ability to make change. The structure shows up when you look at the repeating cycle of behaviors and results. You can see a cycle of pain that happens in situations across all spectrums. A person will experience the same pain in their childhood,adulthood,at work,relationships,in friendships with family until it is resolved.
The structure is the pattern. But we because of the way our brain’s work we don’t see the entire pattern. Many times most of the pattern is hidden to us. We only know that it feels bad over and over again. And, we may not know why. In TNLP(Therapeutic NLP) we use a bit of hypnotic languaging to relax a person to allow for access to this information.
Tracy Joy is an NLP practitioner, author, and speaker in Vancouver, Canada. She is an international business expert in the area of human systems analysis and thinking change. If you have brain questions, send them Tracy and she’ll answer them on this blog. She can be reached through www.TherapeuticNLP.com