Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP, was created nearly 40 years ago by Richard Bandler, John Grinder and Frank Pucelik

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What is Neuro Linguistic Programming – NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP, was created nearly 40 years ago (by Richard Bandler, John Grinder and Frank Pucelik).

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NLP helps people to make behavioural changes at a deeper (sub conscious) level

NLP studies the patterns and processes (programming) created by the interaction between the brain (neuro) , language (linguistics), the body and the senses.


The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via the five senses:

Visual, Auditory Kinesthetic (touch/feel), Olfactory (smell), Gustatory (taste)



Language and other non-verbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded ordered and given meaning. This includes:

Pictures , Sounds, Feelings, Tastes, Smells, Words (Self talk/internal dialogue)



The ability to discover and utilise the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.


It has made long been associated with high performance and success in therapy, sport, business and coaching. Some of the many famous people who have used NLP to help them include Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Bill Clinton, Anthony Hopkins, Princes Diana, Quincy Jones, Nelson Mandela, Hugh Jackman, Greg Norman, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonardo DiCaprio and many more.


It is an applied behavioural science that provides:

An Epistemology – a science of how we know what we know

A Methodology – processes and procedures for applying the above knowledge

A Technology – a set of intra and interpersonal skills for applying both the above


NLP provides the process of HOW we think, rather than what we think. It provides us with the most powerful tools and techniques to help you train your mind for success and change how you think – in the way that you want to.


The way we learn as human beings is a complex and interesting subject. We base all of our decisions on past experiences. From the very basics of how to tie a shoelace to how we interact and communicate with others. All of our learning is based on strategies – the how of what we do.


The problem we have is that sometimes, the strategies or programming that we have learnt does not provide us with the means to success. For example, if in the past, you were taught that you were to be nervous before presentations then you will be. If you learnt to enjoy and be excited about presentations, then you will.


The way our mind is “programmed” affects all areas of our lives – what are your strategies for communication, relationships, your career, health and fitness, family relationships etc – are you successful in every area of your life? Would you like to be?

NLP helps people to make behavioural changes at a deeper (sub conscious) level. For any change to be longer lasting it generally needs to happen not just on the conscious but also sub conscious level as well. NLP can help you do that.

NLP has long been used in helping people make lasting change in many areas such as health, wellbeing, business and sport. Regarding wellbeing one of the most famous NLP techniques in helping to reduce phobias is called Visual/Kinaesthetic Dissociation , commonly known as the NLP Fast Phobia Cure. This technique alone has helped tens of thousands of people globally get rid of their most debilitating phobias. In some cases this has been done in only a few sessions.

There are numerous techniques and skills in the field of NLP. All the exercises and techniques in Sleepora are based on NLP best practice principles and are easy to follow.

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