NLP Made Perfectly Clear

Neuro:  The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via five senses:

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  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory

Linguistic:  Language and other non-verbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.  Includes:

  • Pictures
  • Sounds
  • Feelings
  • Tastes
  • Smells
  • Words (Self-Talk)

Programming:  The ability to discover and utilize the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

In one sentence,

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an art and a science of studying excellence, and how to replicate it!

What is NLP Really?



What attitude?

For One to be an excellent NLP Practitioner, one must adopt an attitude of curiosity and a willingness to experiment. In NLP we are NOT concerned with how people are broken, or how people got sick, or in diagnosing people or in the study of pathology. WE are, however, interested in how people are well or how they are excellent and get curious about how is it they create that behavior or state of excellence, so we can replicate that excellence in another area of their life, in ourselves, or in someone else.

Similarly, with respect to problem behaviors or unresourceful habits, a person could exhibit excellence in something such as "chronic pain" or "insomnia". So you gotta get real curious about "how do they construct this problem the way that they do?" Not WHY do they...forget why! How do they use their neurology and their words and behaviors and direct their focus to create the same outcome each and every time? When you can get curious and figure out how it is they are doing it, you can assist them in interrupting that process or pattern in order to create something else in an excellent way.

What if you used your masterful and excellent ability to create what you don't want in your life - to create something good or positive that you do want?


Let me tell you a story, when Jason was a young child he was so insatiably curious about how this analog clock on the mantle above the fireplace worked, that he waited until his parents were not home to take it down off the mantle. Then he went and got the screw driver, because he had to look inside and see what exactly it was that was moving the second hand, or the minute hand, and even the hour hand. He had to look, deep inside, to notice what it was that caused the bells to sound every fifteen minutes. Once inside he noticed all sorts of gears and springs turning and going this way and that way.

See, the curiosity in NLP is sorta like that, you've gotta get really curious about what it is that is going on inside that causes the outward manifestation of behavior and the results of that behavior. Now this implies the willingness to experiment to figure out how to go inside and notice what is going on to produce the behavior and its outcome.

What Methodology?

The methodology of modeling, or the ability to discover how you do that behavior, and I can install it in myself (or someone else) and reproduce that behavior, generally in less time than it took you to learn how to do it. Modeling is an extremely powerful set of procedures that is actually taught in more advanced NLP trainings. However, there is an important key to how it works. Its a process called De-nominalization, which is taking a concept held between two human beings and turning it back into a process, that anyone can do.

For example, the concept of rapport in hypnosis. Rapport was considered to be some magical state whereby the client would begin to automatically accept the suggestions given by the hypnotherapist. Up to that point in history, rapport was some fuzzy undefined thing that just seemed to occur. With the emergence of NLP, rapport was denominalized and turned into the processes of matching and mirroring (which we will teach you when you come to our NLP Practitioner Training). Basically it was changed from being a vague noun into a process verb, and was something that could easily be observed, taught and performed.

What Trail of Techniques?

When applying the process of de-nominalization to turn concepts into processes that achieve desired results for not just one person but many people, implies a willingness for continual experimentation. When a set of processes are discovered that adequately perform the job and sufficiently denominalizes (breaking down into steps, or turning it into an active process) a concept, it gets added to the toolbox of techniques that are taught as NLP. It becomes part of the NLP body of knowledge because it "works".