Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s. It is a communication model that focuses more on solutions than on problems.
It can perhaps be said that the most important assumption within NLP is: ‘each person has the required resources available (sub)consciously to achieve whatever he or she wants to achieve’. The subconscious is hereby regarded as a rich source of life experiences and internal possibilities and opportunities. NLP assumes that there is no failure in communication. Feedback is received and it is then up to the person in question to apply internal resources in order to proceed in new and alternative ways.
Each person selects those ‘tools’ out of the NLP toolbox that are most appropriate for dealing with the situation at hand. NLP revolves around a balance between Having/Doing and Being.