What Is NLP ? - Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Neuro: Nervous system through which experience is received and processed through the five senses.
Visual: The sense of seeing; Auditory: the sense of hearing; Kinaesthetic: The sense of feeling. May be subdivided into tactile feelings (Kt – skin sensing, physically feeling the outside world), proprioceptive feelings (Kp – movement, internal body sensations such as muscle tension or relaxation), and meta feelings (Km – "emotional" responses about some object, situation, or experience).  Olfactory: The sense of smell; Gustatory: The sense of taste
Linguistic: Language and non-verbal communication systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.
Programming: The ability to organise our communication and neurological systems to achieve specific desired goals and results.
In other words, NLP is how we use the basic language of our mind to consistently achieve the results we want.
Other Definitions:
  • An attitude and methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques.
  • The study of subjective experience.
  • The realization that our words don’t describe the world we live in, but determine it.
Set of rules and techniques proposed for modifying behavior in achieving self improvement, self management, and more effective interpersonal communications. Based on certain assumptions about how language and movements of eyes and body affect brain (neurological) functions, NLP is similar to self-hypnosis. Its basic premise is that to achieve any kind of success one must create rich imagery of the goal, and must imitate (model) and internalize the appropriate behavioral patterns. Its name is derived from how senses filter and process experience before storing it in brain (neuro), how one uses words and symbols to create mental pictures (linguistic), and how desired habits and attitudes become ingrained (programming). Proposed in 1970s in the US jointly by John Grinder (born 1940, a professor of linguistics) and John Bandler (born 1950, a mathematician) in association with the UK anthropologist and social scientist Gregory Bateson (1904-80), its claims are yet to be proven by scientific studies
NLP Fundamentals

The Basic Presuppositions of NLP

Experience has a structure:

Our thoughts and memories have a pattern to them. When we change that
pattern or structure, our experience will automatically change.

If one person can do something, anyone can learn to do it:

We can learn an achiever's mental map and make it our own. Pretend
everything is possible. Act 'as if' you can do it.

The mind and body are parts of the same system:

Our thoughts instantly affect our muscle tension, breathing, feelings and
more, and these in turn affect our thoughts. When we learn to change
either one, we have learned to change the other.

People already have all the resources they need:

Our inner pictures, sounds/voices, feelings, smell and taste sensations are
the basic building blocks of our resources. We can use them to build up
any thoughts, feelings, or skills we want.

You cannot NOT communicate:

We are always communicating on some level, often in a non-verbal way.
Even our thoughts are communications with ourselves and others ?

The meaning of your communication is the response you get:

Others receive what we say and do through their mental map of the world.
Noticing how our communication is received allows us to adjust it, so that
next time it can be clearer.

Underlying every behaviour is a positive intention:

Even harmful and thoughtless behaviour has a positive purpose. We can
find out what that positive intention is and then create more desirable
behaviour to attain it.

Distinguish between the person and their behaviour:

The positive worth of the individual is held constant, while the value
and appropriateness of internal and/or external behavior is

People are always making the best choices available to them:

Each of us have our own unique personal history. Within it, we learned
what to do and how to do it, what to want, what to value etc. This is our
experience and from it we must make all of our choices. Of course this is
until we add new and better experiences.
If what you are doing isn't working, do something else. Do anything else:
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've
always gotten. So if you want something new, do something new,
especially as there are so many alternatives.

No failure, only feedback:

All results and behaviours are achievements, whether they are desired
outcomes for a given task/context or not.
NLP is a model of effective communication