As we grow and experience life from Birth, we build a unique organisation and understanding of the world, our thinking and behaviours we carry out, In Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) we refer to it as a map. This map is a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us all the time, and within this map we have startegies of mental gymnastics that result in our behaviours.
These maps are as individual as fingerprints, and the good news is they are not fixed and, can and indeed do, change as we go through lif
Some of these maps and strategies are unsupportive and can be unlearned, being replaced with custom, individual strategies that do support the individual forward.
Neuro Linguistic Programming provides a methodology to model behaviours, abilities and performances achieved by the leaders and highest performers in their fields. It also provides for modelling behaviours that do not work well, and replace them with more supportive strategies.
Korzybski, a mathematician, introduced and popularised the idea that "the map is not the territory". In other words, the description of the thing is not the thing itself. The model is not reality. Our reality is a mental construct based on beliefs and values we learn as we grow. Some are supportive, others not so. They can be changed using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), usually very quickly.
NeuroEach individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being absorbed through the senses. Our first mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’ in NLP.
We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by assigning language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. The second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation)
The mental processesing that occurs, subject to our neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic 'map', that result in processes that are known as strategies and manifest as our behaviours
A brief history,
Neuro Linguistic Programming began in the 1970s when Richard Bandler, teamed up with John Grinder.
Gregory Bateson (renowned anthropologist) was interested in Bandler and Grinder's collaborative work and he introduced them to Milton Erickson. They began the development of Neuro Linguistic Programming by initially modelling three people, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson. Modelling is key skill in NLP and exposes how and what successful people do to be who they are. These therapists were outstanding in helping people, their skills were unmatched.
Perls, Satir and Erickson performed their theraputic changework from a perspective of unconscious excellence, and learning. Bandler and Grinder unconsciously learnt by absorbed the patterning inherent in what was being done, by experiencing it first hand.
Bandler and Grinder collated the results of the language-based models, they noticed the three were using patterns of transformational grammar to effect change in their clients. Grinder and Bandler made explicit the tacit skills the three were using and NLP was born.
Neuro Lingusitic Programming (NLP) is accepted as a powerful way to effect change in yourself and others.
Since the 70's There has been a number of developments by different people who have taken the basics and created new technologies from them. There are parts of CBT for example that resemble NLP modelling, and in fact I am working with a few others on Natural Human Intelligence, which encompasses developments from various fields, with NLP, REBT, EFT and more, merging together to provide a very powerful skillset.
"If you think you can or you think you cannot, you are going to be right" - Henry Ford.
When you change your thinking, you will change the behaviour
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