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My friends raved about NLP. I heard about NLP. But what is it?

I decided to go to an introductory NLP class to find out.

In two hours, I found out the following:

1- NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming; neuro = our nervous system, the five senses; linguistic = language; programming = conditioning, what influences our beliefs

2- NLP is a synthesis, a magpie of other really useful stuff, such as transaction analysis

3- NLP started in the 70's in the States and moved to the UK in the mid 80's.

4- NLP was founded by a mathematician and a linguist. The cofounders have since split. New people have joined and added to the original.

When the teacher asked me if I knew what NLP was, I replied that I downloaded a 9 page write-up on the controversial aspects of NLP - on the skeptic's dictionary. NLP, I said, was an instruction manual for our brain. We have a brain but we don't know how to use it.

When we were born, we had an open mind. Over the years, we became less cheerful, less ignorant, more fearful, and more we-think-we-know-it-all. In my case, the older I get, the more I realise how little I know.

So, NLP, come reprogramme me!

17 September 2002 Tuesday

Floodlight - guide to adult education courses in London
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