I am currently doing a Diploma on NLP, and am an NLP Practitioner so thought i'd write this.
NLP was developed by academics such as Dr Richard Bandler and Dr John Grindler in California, America.
This was largely a result of Psychotherapists/Counsellors using CBT and REBT and sometimes not having much success.
The key thing with NLP is that it does not care about the past of a person, what went wrong, the negative.
Instead it aims to replicate what the peak performers do in their field that makes them so great. Then that behaviour, through mindfullness, can be replicated in Depressed people for example.
NLP concentrates on Submodalities
Sight - Visual
Hearing - Auditory
Touch - Kenisthetic
Smell - Olfactory
Taste - Gustatory
The idea is that through these submodalities each individual creates a different 'map' of the world, through which they perceive it.
If I said think of a car, you would all have different pictures for example.
The Linguistic element focusses on non verbal and verbal communication methods, the vast proportion of communication is body language and non verbal.
It embraces the power of the 'child like self' and the power to imagine things which make YOU in control of your mood and able to change it.
Here's an exercise;
1. Think of the greatest feeling you've ever had in your life,
2. Now imagine there is a massive IMAX cinema screen in front of you, make the image a moving film, add smell, taste, sights, touch and sounds.
3. Now 'spin' that feeling forward, using your hands if you want, so that image gets faster and faster and more and more intense and smile!
How much better do you feel?
The same in reverse can be done for negative feelings. You turn up the contrast on the film, white it out so it's invisible, remove all the submodalities, and shrink the picture so it's tiny and far, far, far, away, like in the stratosphere, then crumble it away like a breadcrumb, poof!
It's quick, and it works, and I love it.