The word Neuro-linguistic Programming can be broken down into it's own definition. Neuro refers to our nervous system and how it interacts with the five senses: seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing and smelling. Linguistics refers to physical language and how it reflects or describes the inner non-physical language patterns of our thoughts. It also refers to the silent language of how we posture, our belief systems and our habits. This silent language together with our physical and inner non-physical language reveal our thinking styles and thought patterns. Programming originated from computer science and suggests that thinking, acting and feeling are internal/external programs that can be reprogrammed or changed.
With this in mind the NLP Master Practitioner uses predetermined strategies to assist the client in creating change within the mind. Referring back to the computer it is like reprogramming the brain to act in a more resourceful manner.
The strategies that are used have been researched and practiced many times over. Many strategies come from the pure study of human excellence and have been isolated to the point that using the strategies may only take minutes as compared to psychotherapy which could take years.
Reframing (Neuro-linguistic Programming and the Transformation of Meaning)
Frogs into Princes (Neuro-linguistic Programming)
TRANCE-formations (Neuro-linguistic Programming & the Structure of hypnosis)
by Richard Bandler and John Grinder
NLP (The new technology of achievement)
Edited by Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner