Neurolinguistic programming: verbal communication
What is it, and what has it got to do with verbal communication? Joanne Walter and Ardeshir Bayat shed some light on the matter in their first article in our series on “how to use the language of the mind”
- By: Joanne Walter, Ardeshir Bayat
Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) is a system that uses the language of the mind to achieve our specific and desired outcomes consistently. Our nervous systems (neuro) experience the world around us through our five senses: visual (V), auditory (A), kinaesthetic (K-touch), olfactory (O), and gustatory (G). These experiences are coded, ordered, and stored (programmed) as specific representations that can be replayed through language and other non-verbal forms of communication (for example, pictures, sounds, feelings, taste and smells). Therefore, NLP is simply a tool to help us understand these programs and use them to meet our desired goals.
NLP first emerged in the early 1970s as a result of the work of John Grinder (assistant professor of linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz) and Richard Bandler (a psychology student at the university). Bandler was interested in psychotherapy, particularly in how certain therapists consistently achieved excellent results. In order to understand