The Developers and Development of NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is becoming more and more common in professional development, formal education, and informal learning. Founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, it is a method that strives to enhance the effectuality of communication and facilitate personal development and learning.

NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early 1970’s, when Bandler was a student at the University of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California. There he met Grinder, an assistant professor of linguistics.

NLPThe term, `Neuro-Linguistic Programming’, first coined by Alfred Korzybski in 1941, is in reference to the opinion that people are whole mind-body systems, and there are systematic, patterned connections between neurological processes, language and learned behavioral strategies. Promotional literature of NLP usually puts emphasis on the ability for excellence in communication.

As introduced in the professional course for Neuro-Linguistic Programming educators may apply the tools of the system to just about any aspect of teaching and learning; presentation skills, self-management, use of language for precise communication, classroom management, study skills, teaching design, and so on.

By adopting a particular behavior or approach when you sit or stand in one place, your learners will start to associate that space with what you are about to do and what is going to happen next. The learners’ own internal state will morph in anticipation of what they know from experience will come next.

NLP assumes that all educators influence their learners’ responses with the use of space and language, no matter whether they are using NLP. Many will do so inadvertently, and use space in ways negating rather than supporting the objective. The object is to enable the educator to align their behavior more effectually with their ultimate purpose.

NLP is a growth-orientated rather than pathology-orientated approach. It emphasizes learning as the key to personal change and assumes people are inherently capable. NLP adopts a constructivist position where people act according to the way they understand the world and not according to the way the world actually is.

There is also a significant emphasis on understanding the structures and processes behind, instead of the content of, experience. To explain it in another way, NLP seeks to understand how people construct their experiences through cognitive processes, rather than by seeking causal explanations in the past for why they experience the world the way they do.

More about this fascinating method can be learmed at the NLP course .

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