What is NLP and How Does it Benefit Lawyers?

Lawyersofsydney.com.au April 10, 2018

According to the NLP Academy, NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. NLP provides people with a methodology to model outstanding performances achieved by geniuses and leaders in their field. NLP is also used for personal development and for success in business

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

NLP is a very useful foundation of communication for lawyers to leverage their skills in a professional environment. It empowers lawyers to approach a situation with supreme confidence and analysis of behaviour responses to linguistic input and output. For lawyers (and also non lawyers) who wish to learn the process and steps of NLP, it is important to find a NLP coach and training  suited your needs.


Each individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being 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 result of the neurological filtering process. The first mental map is called ‘First Access’ in NLP.


We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside. We form our second mental map by assigning 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 that occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.

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