Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a method of understanding how people achieve success in a wide range of fields such as sport, education, management and therapy.
NLP began in the early 70’s as a thesis project in Santa Cruz, California. Richard Bandler and his professor, John Grinder, wanted to develop models of human behaviour to understand why certain people seemed to be excellent at what they did, while others found the same tasks challenging or nearly impossible to do. NLP would provide users with the tools to analyse, incorporate or modify any sequence of behaviour they observed in another human beings. These NLP tools involve analysis of a person’s internal and external communication (linguistics) and the effects (programming) this has on the way their brain operates (neurology). In other words, NLP is about using the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.
For clinical psychologists, NLP has immediate and specific applications to high quality psychotherapy. Through applying NLP in the context of brief, solution-focused therapy, I have the ability to read and utilise a client’s non-verbal communication and subtle cues, thus increasing their flexibility to respond using multiple methods and interventions.
One element of utmost importance that NLP brings to clinical applications is the use of generative and aesthetic frames.
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