Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in 1975 to model human behaviour. This is the heart of NLP - discovering the process of a person's behaviour - how they do what they do.
If a person exhibits success in a certain field, this behaviour can be modelled, taught and replicated in others, or indeed other areas of their own lives, irrespective of the field of achievement. NLP also allows dysfunctional behaviour to be modelled, the pattern changed and re-installed, improving the behaviour in the individual. The purpose of NLP is to create change, for the better.
Many techniques of NLP have arisen out of modelling different experts, such as the 'Milton Model' of the hypnotic language patterns from the acclaimed hypnotist, Milton Erickson. Techniques are a product of their time and may become outdated. The attitude of NLP is one of progression, to find new ways of doing things and improve upon the past.
It is the aim of the NLP practitioner to give a person control over their own behavioural patterns, so that they can begin to apply the principles to their own lives. This is where the real magic of NLP lies.
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