Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as"a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them" and "a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour". It has been founded in the 1970's by American psychologists John Grinder and Richard Bandler.
My personal definition:
"NLP is a combination of communication- and psychotherapeutic techniques, which have as goal to create a succesfull coach-client relationship and by doing so enabling the succesful dealing with personal, as well as professional problems. The study and application of NLP always leads to personal growth and self-awareness".
In practice NLP is used in:
- entreprises via trainings to improve functioning of managers
and employees through courses and seminars.
- in therapeutical context in an individual cliënt-coach format
(therapists, psychologists, doctors, teachers,...)
NLP is used as a therapy on its own, as well as an additional therapy. It can be used on dealing with simple fobias, depressions or addictions.