Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a view of communication, learning, and change that focuses on how the brain (neuro), language (linguistic), and behavior (programming) are connected. This approach to understanding and influencing complex human systems was developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the 1970s, and their ideas have been integrated into counseling, therapy, education, creativity, business, and other fields. Bandler had a background in philosophy and psychology, and Grinder had a background in psychology and linguistics. Their interest in psychology and language led them to try to understand how people’s representation of the world, the language they use to express those representations, and behavior are interrelated. They created some of the major ideas in NLP from observing master therapists such as Fritz Perls, Virginia ...

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