Neuro-Linguistic Programming deals with the subjective perception of people
People differ in the way they experience certain situations, themselves, other people, their relationships, their professional activity and their daily life. Depending in how we perceive ourselves and our environment, what we think, feel and evaluate those feelings, any same situation can be experienced as agreeable, comforting or also as difficult and heavy. In this sense every single person creates his own and unique reality.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, deals with the question which factors determine our experiences and how we interpret them. In other words: NLP is dedicated to the study of human subjectivity.
NLP is about language and communication
Our daily life is to a great part: communication - it does not matter whether we spend our time privately or at work. Besides the language mimic, gestures, voice tonality and even silence are part of our communication forms. That means: we cannot not communicate. Whatever we say or do, however we behave - we send permanent messages to others.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is also dealing with the question how language and communication have an impact on our thoughts and behaviour. What are our communication patterns telling about ourselves and how are they perceived by others? Neuro-Linguistic Programming helps to better understand communication processes and contributes to successful communication.
NLP allows access to extraordinary capabilities and performances
"Everything what a human being can do, can be learned". The intervention and adoption of strategies, how people with special gifts or capabilities, is called "Modeling" in NLP. The capacity to modeling is the key to competence. It allows more efficient learning and can be adapted in various fields: education, business, health, sport or in creative processes.
The NLP New Code
One of the co-founders of Classic NLP, John Grinder, together with Carmen Bostic St. Clair and Judith Delozier, developed the so-called New Code in the 1980s because he felt that Classic NLP had some flaws in its conception. The change work in Classic NLP partly consists of a conscious assessment of the resources needed to achieve a change. However, one cannot be sure whether the new "desired" behaviour or the desired resource of the coachee is also 100% congruent for the coachee. Because here possibly deeper and unconscious factors or experiences can have a negative influence on the outcome of the change work, which has not taken the consciousness into account and the desired change in behaviour does not last. "Just because you want something doesn't mean that it fits."
"The client's unconscious is explicitly given the responsibility of selecting the critical elements - the desired state, the resource or the new behaviours." - John Grinder
Therefore, the New Code directly addresses the coachee's subconscious or activates it through certain processes so that it finds the best possible, most congruent and ecological solution for the respective coachee and then integrates it directly. Thus the change work is not conscious, but takes place on a subconscious level and is directly implemented. This approach is not very common in Switzerland, but it is highly efficient and is not hypnosis.
Self-application is another commitment made by New Code NLP, where a person trained in the process of change makes their own life situations the main focus of the transformation and congruence that New Code NLP produces, before guiding others in their life situations. This makes the person who e.g. seeks to be a coach much more authentic.
It should also be mentioned that the NLP New Code does not replace the Classic NLP, but is based on it and is a powerful enhancement.