Neuro linguistic programming (NLP) is used as part of counselling and psychotherapy and is compiled of three parts for the client. The mind (neuro) determines how we behave, language (linguistics) shapes how we interact with others and programming is the way in which we interpret the world around us. NLP aims to analyse the connection between our mind and language and how this shapes behaviour and body. NLP and emotional freedom therapy (EFT) can be combined to offer clarity and healing for a client.
NLP is founded on two basic concepts:
- We cannot rely on our perceptions of reality from our senses because they are objective. This can be called our ‘Neuro-linguistic’ map which forms how we react to the world. It is this individual map which empowers or limits us.
- We all interact with other humans in society and our environment forming a complex system in which we all mutually influence each other. Parts of the system cannot be isolated and are self-organised to achieve the greatest harmony or balance.
As humans cannot have one objective neuro-linguistic map of the world, NLP aims to form the widest and richest map possible for the complex system that we live in. A person who has a map of the world which allows them to identify the largest number of opportunities and viewpoints is the most effective. NLP aims to strive for individual excellence.