Can NLP Give You New Skills and Expertise in a Day?

Human behavior is shaped by the brain. The organ structure and biochemistry influence a person’s consciousness and subjective experience, as well as his learning abilities.

It is believed by many linguistic experts that the intricate links between neurological processes, language, and behavior are largely influenced by experience. As such, behavior modification can be made possible by introducing changes in a person’s life and experiences.

What is NLP?

Neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP, was conceived in the 1970s in California, United States by two linguists, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. According to them, neural and language processes can be programmed through the introduction of specific words, ideas, and movements.

The NLP approach makes lofty claims such as being able to imbue virtually anyone with skills that only someone with savant capabilities naturally possesses. In a span of one session, it is also supposedly able to treat psychological illnesses such as learning disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, phobias, and depression. It further holds that it can cure physical conditions such as allergies, myopia, and the common cold.

NLP London courses in London. By Toby & Kate McCartney.

NLP’s Main Principles

The main principles behind NLP consist of the following:

  1. Consciousness. The subjective experience of the individual is represented by the conscious and the unconscious components of the mind. Both occur within and outside of the person’s awareness.
  1. Subjectivity. The world is experienced by each individual in a unique fashion, and his behavior is understood in terms of the subjective representations of the five sensory facilities, as well as language. Inside of the individual’s mind, he is able to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and make sense of these sensations through some form of language.
  1. Learning. The person’s verbal and non verbal expressions, inclusive of both the adaptive and pathological actions, all comprise the unique spectrum of behavior acquired as a result of the interaction of the five senses. Consequently, any change applied to these aspects, which NLP qualifies as a learning experience, can effect a permanent change.

Learning through Modeling

Essentially, NLP enables the individual to undergo a process of learning through “modeling” or imitation, which “codifies” another person’s skill or expertise in any given area. During the codification process, the individual will be able to replicate the said skill or expertise by simply copying as closely as possible the described sensory and linguistic experiences. This may involve duplicating the environmental conditions when the skill or expertise was executed, as well as the thoughts, emotions, and sensations experienced by the other person.

The History of London

The capital city of England and the United Kingdom is London, which has a history that spans over 2,000 years. Today, it is one of the world’s most important financial and cultural capitals. London has its share of tragic past, such as the Great Fire, constant aerial attacks, plagues, terrorist infiltrations, and civil war. The main financial and historical hub is the City of London, a small part of the bigger city of Greater London.

London got its name during the 1st century when it came under the rule of the Romans. The frequent use of Londin and Lundin during the Roman era must have paved the way for it to be called Londinium when it became the Romans’ commercial center.

Pre-historic London was a tiny pastoral area with few settlers. The area may have been small, but finding the Battersea Shield in the Thames, which dates back to that period, signified its importance. Other excavations in the Thames yielded rich finds, like a number of timbers constructed vertically into the ground that suggests that the Thames is a boundary, with a bridge to cross an island, and other kinds of weapons that include spearheads.

It was during the Roman times in 410 AD that Londinium was created as a small town that is just the size of Hyde Park. Queen Boudica and the Iceni destroyed the small town, but it was re-constructed by the Romans within a decade, after which it rapidly flourished to eventually become the capital of Roman Britain (Britannia).

During the 5th century, the Anglo-Saxons settled just outside the walls that the Romans have erected, and established a trading post somewhere between the areas of Aldwych and Trafalgar Square. Excavations dating back to that era show sophistication in the way the area was organized, which followed a pattern that suggested a big population of some 10-12,000 people.


The Norman London happened during late 15th century and was characterized by strong fortresses, including the infamous Tower of London. It was also at this the time when the first stone castle of England was built, when the wooden wall was entirely replaced by stone. The Normans did this to show their domination over the native population.