When you google the term “NLP—Neuro-Linguistic Programming” to find out what is the definition of NLP, what is NLP, what does NLP means, etc., you’ll discover that there’re so many different definitions, descriptions, explanations, and sayings about NLP.

So, what really is NLP?

When being asked “What is NLP”, surprisingly often times most people associate, consider or relate NLP with therapy. Well, that isn’t technically correct after all. Although NLP is born from the field of therapy in the early days when it is newly developed, however, with the new studies and growing developments, NLP has become almost applicable in many aspects in our lives. From therapy to leadership, sales, coaching, sales, marketing, research, education, learning, parenting, relationships, sports, etc.

“NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communication to emerge since the 1970s.” — Science Digest

NLP provides a series of techniques, a systematic, methodical, and structured process to model excellence in human behavior and using it to apply on ourselves to generate the same/similar results.

Before NLP is developed, it started out with two geniuses, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, with the studying and modeling of Fritz Perl (a psychotherapist and the originator of the Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (a renowned Family System Therapist), as well as Milton Erickson (a world-famous Hypnotherapist). As both Bandler and Grinder modeled these outstanding therapists, they discovered that there are ‘patterns’ in these therapists’ therapeutic interventions, so they identify the patterns and use those patterns to generate similar results. That’s where and how NLP starts, it begins with MODELING.

“NLP affords the opportunity to gain flexibility, creativity and greater freedom of action than most of us know how.” — Training and Development Journal

NLP, in its practical form, is highly effective in solving numerous behavioral issues, such as fears (height, spiders, fear of failure, fear of disappointment…), phobias, depression, anger management, anxiety, insomnia procrastination, motivational issues, destructive & poor habits, disempowering habits, etc…

Anyway, here, I would like to share with you some other definitions of NLP—Neuro-Linguistic Programming by the leaders in the NLP industry. Here it goes:

After all, ‘knowing’ something is different from ‘experiencing’ it. It’s entirely a different experience once you’ve learn NLP, applying it, integrating it, practicing it in your daily live. You’ll then have different perspective and opinion about how NLP can improve the quality of your life.

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CY Soh
CY Soh

CY Soh is a Certified NLP Master Trainer (NLPU), Licensed Neuro-Semantics NLP Trainer (ISNS), a speaker, and performance coach who works with leaders and executives to create personal breakthroughs, performance improvement, and achieve high-impact results. He is also a trader and a CMT charterholder.