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An introductory piece on NLP

NLP, which stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming, was founded in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder as a set of techniques and principles to describe the relationship between how the mind works (neuro), how we use language and how it influences us (linguistic), and how we use our actions to achieve our specific goals (programming).

NLP is based on a number of principles referred to as presuppositions. They are not claimed to be true. However, when we regard them as true and act as if they were true, they could prove to be very useful. Remarkable improvements in ourselves such as how we can change in a positive way, getting rid of unwanted behaviours, and knowing our mind and body are one system, are benefits which can be derived from a clear understanding of the presuppositions.

NLP is about the pursuit of personal excellence. It is increasingly applied to a wide variety of fields. It helps create the mental state of sportsmen to attain peak performance. It contributes significantly to improving performance in communication, interpersonal relationships, education, health and business. It deals successfully with personal problems – people who want to get rid of phobias, quit smoking, lose weight and more.

Anyone can learn and benefit from NLP. NLP is very practical. Its techniques can be successfully applied straightaway at work, at home or anywhere else. NLP has been defined as “the art and science of personal excellence”.