This technique was created from the connection between neurological processes (neuro), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience (programming). The best way to explain this approach is to refer to the original and most famous example of classical conditioning, as displayed in the Pavlovs Dog Experiment. During his research on the physiology of digestion in dogs, Pavlov noticed that, rather than simply salivating in the presence of meat powder (an innate response to food that he called the unconditioned response), the dogs began to salivate in the presence of the lab technician who normally fed them. From this observation he predicted that, if a particular stimulus in the dogs surroundings were present when the dog was presented with meat powder, then this stimulus would become associated with food and cause salivation on its own. Thus, a stimulus became a conditioned response. We too have stimulus-response conditioning. One might automatically respond with fear when seeing a snake. NLP has the ability to change the response from a particular stimulus. Therefore, one may respond neutrally when seeing a snake after experiencing NLP. This technique works best with phobias and habit disorders.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming