NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is a name that incorporates the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates the functioning of our bodies, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the perspectives that we develop of the world around us.
Simply put, Neuro-Linguistic Programming postulates the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how the interplay of both affect our body and behavior (programming). NLP enables the learner to develop an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes involved in human behavior. Towards this end NLP provides tools and skills for achieving individual excellence.
In essence, NLP is founded on two fundamental presumptions. They are:
1. The Map is Not the Territory.As human beings, we can never know reality. We can only know our perceptions of reality. We experience and respond to the world around us primarily through our sensory representational systems.
2. Life and ‘Mind’ are Systemic Processes. The processes that take place within a human being and between human beings and their environment are systemic. Our bodies, our societies, and our universe form an ecology of complex systems and sub-systems all of which interact with and mutually influence each other.