NLP is a set of two-part knowledge. The first is a position or philosophy, and the second is a set of tools and techniques created by that philosophy.

The simplest definition of the situation is that "human subjective experience has a structure that can be usefully handled."

what does that mean? Well, 'human subjective experience' refers to each person's unique and unique experience of reality. For example, if there were three people on the same plane that was flying from London to New York, one might find the experience exciting, the other very boring and the third terrifying. Although each of them does almost the same thing, he has his own unique and personal experience.

NLP takes the approach that this experiment has with a structure; it is not random but is governed by the rules and law of cause and effect. If these rules are understood, then experience can be usefully manipulated – turning fear into excitement for example.

Depending on this situation, it is possible to experiment with the rules to see if a specific change in a person's experience will lead to a specific effect. Once you discover that changing something is changing regularly, you have a technique that can be repeated. This is the second part of NLP – all techniques and tools created by experimentation with a structure of subjective experience.

An example of NLP

To try NLP yourself, try the following. Read the instructions first, save steps, then try them.

  1. Close your eyes and think of someone you love. Notice the image that comes to mind when thinking about this person. Be aware of the feelings this picture raises and be aware of how severe it is.
  2. Pretend you can push this picture away until it looks small and far. Be aware of any change in the intensity of your feelings about it.
  3. Pretend you can bring the image close to you and make it bigger and brighter. Again, be aware of any change in the intensity of your feelings.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times and check if they consistently produce the same result.

For many people doing this experiment, pushing the image away reduces its intensity. Bringing them closer together and making them more reliable in increasing intensity of feeling. It doesn't matter if your experience is the same – everyone's experience is different – but you should notice at least that changes in the way you view the image consistently and predictably affect how you feel about it.

So, your personal experience – the image of the person you love – has a structure (which can be your size and distance from you) usefully manipulative (varied to increase the intensity of pleasant feelings).

NLP techniques

Since its beginnings in the 1970s, the NLP position has been adopted by many people who used it to conduct experiments. As a result, many techniques or patterns have been identified that predictably and beneficially affect a person's personal experience.

For example, the treatment of rapid phobia is an NLP technology that unexpectedly and beneficially reduces the fear a person experiences when he is being scared of something. This could be anything from a spider to a closed space for a driving experience on a busy road.

There are many of these techniques and can be broadly categorized into two groups.

Personal techniques allow a person to influence part of their own experience. For example, presenters and performers can use NLP to put them in a state of confidence and vitality before advancing on stage. Other personal NLP techniques can help a person be more effective in setting goals, thinking clearly, motivating themselves and much more.

Communication techniques allow a person to influence how he interacts with others. NLP includes techniques to build a relationship and trust with other people, to persuade them and sleep them.

A brief history of NLP

NLP was first developed in the 1970s by two men. John Grender was a professor of linguistics and Richard Bandler was a computer scientist. Much of the development came from studies by the two men from successful people. They identified different patterns and structures that existed in the way these people behaved, thought, and experienced the world. This process of study or modeling formed much of the attitude towards NLP, and the resulting patterns formed many techniques.

Among the first group of successful people studied, there were several prominent healers. Among them are Fritz Peerless, Gestalt Therapist, Virginia Satyr, Family Therapist, Psychiatrist and Hypnologist Dr. Hilton Ericsson. As such, many patterns of early NLP had an important therapeutic component and many of the early adopters of NLP were two healers.

Over time, technology has evolved and is now of great value among all types of people, including sales representatives, managers, trainers and those interested in self-development.


NLP is a situation and a set of techniques created by this position. It focuses on this belief that subjective human experience has a structure that can be usefully handled. Experiments based on this belief have created many techniques. This allows the person to influence and influence themselves and others more effectively. From the early beginnings in the 1970s, NLP has grown to be accepted and practiced worldwide.


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