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What is NLP

Wikipedia, for example, gives this almost unintelligible description, and this is only the tip of the iceberg: there are almost as many definitions of NLP as there are practitioners...

...and so, not to be outdone, Kanaloa offers its very own contribution to the floating ice mountain:

NLP is a set of attitudes, beliefs and techniques collected around a theme of understanding how individuals think and communicate with themselves and others... ...and how this can be usefully applied.

A key feature of NLP is that it sits in the cusp between subjectivity and objectivity (rather like Pirsig's* famously undefined 'Metaphysics of Quality'). It is therefore not too surprising that there is a definition difficulty!

Conversely, there is more consensus over the building blocks used in NLP. This Glossary describes the key definitions and techniques used by most practitioners.

* R M Pirsig: 'Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance' and 'Lila'

Find out about the background of NLP here

View a list of NLP terms here