Topic 1  What does NLP stand for?

“NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communication to emerge since the sixties.”  

Science Digest Magazine

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. 

Neurology is how our mind and body are linked through our nervous system; what we do with our physical experiences and how we represent them in our mind. 

How we are able to perceive the world through our senses. 

👀 Visual

👂 Auditory

🫲 Kinaesthetic

👃 Olfactory

👅 Gustatory

It is an explanation of how our mind takes in what we experience and how we represent it to ourselves and others through our senses.

Language is one of the ways we represent these experiences and determines how we interface and communicate them with other people.  

How we use language, both verbal and non-verbal, to give meaning to our experiences and how that meaning affects us. We represent our thoughts using pictures, sounds, feelings, smells, and tastes. We also add an internal dialogue. 

Programming is the specific patterns and programmes of behaviour and thought we use to produce a consistent and or specific result: it determines the kinds of models of the world we create. How we turn our internal thoughts and feelings into behaviours and strategies to achieve our outcomes.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behaviour (programming).