neurolinguistic programming

[ noor-oh-ling-gwis-tik proh-gram-ing, proh-gruh-ming, nyoor-oh‐ ]
/ ˈnʊr oʊ lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪk ˈproʊ græm ɪŋ, ˈproʊ grə mɪŋ, ˈnyʊr oʊ‐ /

noun

a method of modifying cognitive patterns, emotions, and behaviors, typically, self-improvement through learned imitation of the thoughts, feelings, and actions of high achievers or other successful models of a specific desired behavior.

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Origin of neurolinguistic programming

Coined by Richard Bandler (born 1950), American psychologist, and John Grinder (born 1940), American linguist, in Changing with Families: A Book About Further Education for Being Human (1976), in which they claim a connection between neurological processes, language, and behavioral patterns learned through experience that can be changed to achieve life goals
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