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"The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their states of mind."

William James

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

"What is Neuro-linguistic programming? Why learn it? How was it developed?" you might have wondered.

How was NLP developed?

NLP is a collection of skills derived from studies of individuals generally acknowledged to be "super successes." These successful people had naturally created patterns of excellence in their lives and repeated them with consistent, positive results. These patterns of excellence have been translated into a synthesis of practical, reliable and learnable techniques called NLP.

What is NLP?

  • The study of human subjective experience.
  • About people and for people.
  • About how the human brain works.
  • How people think, learn, motivate themselves and change.
  • A model of competent, charismatic communication.
  • A how-to process to guide personal change.

NLP is a Synthesis
"NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communication since the explosion of humanistic psychology in the Sixties." - Science Digest

A remarkable integration of several disciplines such as neurology, psychology, linguistics, cybernetics and systems theory, the name was chosen by the co-developers of NLP to reflect that unique synthesis.

...because all of our experience, conscious and unconscious, is derived from and through our senses and central nervous system.

...because our mental processes are also coded, organized, given meaning and transformed through language.

"Language as a means of perception, not as just a means of communication." - Julian Jaynes

...because people interact as a system in which experience and communication is composed of sequences of patterns or programs.

NLP is used in the widest possible range of situations and personal concerns. New ways of thinking, reacting, relating and living are developed from the natural abilities you have within you.

Learn how to live up to your own potential and discover "states of excellence" as you gain rich and valuable insights into the limitless possibilities available in the communication processes of NLP.

Equally as important as realizing what NLP stands for is also the knowledge that NLP is:

An Attitude
...characterized by a keen sense of curiosity about people and an approach to others that considers each experience as a rare and unprecedented opportunity to learn. Because the more you learn about any process, the more you can successfully influence it and engage in other processes that are synonymous with being a more competent and happier person.

A Methodology
...based on a way of interacting with people that reveals a startling and revolutionary premise: behavior, communication and change have a structure, as does every human endeavor; a structure that can be modelled, learned and taught. Based on the evidence since its inception, NLP can be used to reproduce any form of excellence in human behavior.

A Technology
...with innovative, reliable and proven techniques that allow you to organize your perceptions and behavior to get extraordinary and ecological results designed to preserve the integrity of the person.

What is so compelling about NLP?

NLP continues to be a source of motivation to the thousands who have benefited from its positive and far-reaching effects.

    "It does offer impressive potential for making changes and improving communications. More compelling is the promise and example it allows for increasing options... and for enlarging choices of behaviour... (NLP) affords the opportunity to gain flexibility, creativity and therefore greater freedom of action than most of us know."

Training and Development Journal


Mind and body are part of the same holographic cybernetic structure and anything that occurs in one part of the system will affect the whole.

What you know, think, remember, or imagine is the result of sequences and combinations of representational systems.

Your memory and your imagination use the same neurological circuits. Therefore, your representational systems consider both equal.

People have about seven (plus or minus two) "chunks" of conscious attentional span or short term memory at any given moment.

Experience and behaviour is a functional by-product of the filter system used.

There is a conscious and unconscious mind and both conscious and unconscious communication.

If it's possible in the world, it's possible for me. It's only a matter of "how".

NLP Model and Presuppositions

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Modified September 15, 2001 Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.