NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and can be described in a variety of ways. The formal definition of NLP is ‘the study of the structure of your subjective experience’ (source: Romilla Ready. Neuro-linguistic Programming For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition, 2010). It focuses on:

  • one’s thinking process (the way we use senses to understand things happening around us – ‘neuro’)
  • one’s language (the way we use language and how it influences ourselves and people around us – ‘linguistic’), and
  • one’s behaviour (the way we organise ideas and actions which produce expected and unexpected results – ‘programming’).

NLP can help to encourage new thinking and choice making, and acknowledges the positive intentions underlying all actions. It can be utilised as a tool for changing paradigms (or ways of thinking), understanding others and building social cohesion.

Positive Psychology - the scientific study of what makes life worth living and the encouragement of optimal human functioning
Mindfulness - a technique which involves being fully aware of what is happening within and around you at the moment
Self-Hypnosis - a naturally occurring state of mind which can be defined as a heightened state of focused concentration, like meditation. With it, you can change your thinking, nip bad habits in the bud, and take control of the person you are