What is NLP?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour. The approach provides people with a methodology for personal development.

The practice also models the outstanding performances achieved by geniuses and leaders in their fields and can be used for personal growth, psychology and to achieve success in business.

NLP asserts that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of how we filter and perceive the information which is absorbed through our five senses from the world around us.


Each individual has their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data absorbed through the senses. Our first mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as a result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’.


Our brains then assign personal meaning to the information received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by giving language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. The second mental map is called the Linguistic Map (sometimes known as Linguistic Representation).


The behavioural response occurs due to neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.

Look out for next month, part 2 of this article, NLP training and application. 

The NLP Academy is coming to Hotel Vila Galé Lagos and will offer world-leading comprehensive NLP training across multiple learning contexts. Their affiliate partner in Lagos is www.algarvehypnotherapy.com Search under NLP training for full details on course dates and prices for May/June 2023.


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