NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language, and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).
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NLP is a pragmatic school of thought that addresses the many levels involved in being human. NLP is a multi-dimensional process that involves the development of behavioral competence and flexibility, but also involves strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind the behavior. NLP provides tools and skills for the development of states of individual excellence, but it also establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are, what communication is and what the process of change is all about. At another level, NLP is about self-discovery, exploring identity and mission. It also provides a framework for understanding and relating to the part of human experience that reaches beyond us as individuals to our family, community, and global systems. NLP is not only about competence and excellence, it is about wisdom and vision.
NLP began in the early 70s as a thesis project in Santa Cruz, California when Richard Bandler, a 20-year-old psychology student at U.C. Santa Cruz, met and became friends with Dr. John Grinder, who was in his late 20’s and an associate professor of linguistics at the college. Richard Bandler started out as a student of mathematics and was also studying computer science. He eventually became more interested in the behavioral science field and switched his major. NLP is often said to have originated through computer programming and a linguist. Richard Bandler and John Grinder aimed to develop models of human behavior to understand why certain people seemed to be excellent at what they did, while others found the same tasks challenging or nearly impossible to do. Inspired by pioneers in fields of therapy and personal growth and development, Bandler and Grinder began to develop systematic procedures and theories that formed the basis of NLP.
Grinder and Bandler began their NLP quest by modeling three people, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson. These geniuses were outstanding as professional agents of change, working in the domain of therapy. All three geniuses, Perls, Satir, and Erickson performed their magic from a perspective of unconscious excellence.
Virginia Satir was an American author and social worker, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her work with family reconstruction. She is widely regarded as the “Mother of Family Therapy”. One of Satir’s most novel ideas at the time was that the “presenting issue” or “surface problem” itself was seldom the real problem; rather, how people coped with the issue created the problem.” Satir also offered insights into the particular problems that low self-esteem could cause in relationships.
Fritz Perls, was a noted German psychiatrist and psychotherapist, who coined the term ‘Gestalt therapy’ to identify the form of psychotherapy that he developed with his wife. The core of the Gestalt Therapy process is enhanced awareness of sensation, perception, bodily feelings, emotion, and behavior, in the present moment. The relationship is emphasized, along with contact between the self, its environment, and the other.
Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist and psychologist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He is noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating. He is also noted for influencing brief therapy, strategic family therapy, family systems therapy, solution focused brief therapy. Erickson believed that the unconscious mind was always listening and that, whether or not the patient was in trance, suggestions could be made which would have a hypnotic influence, as long as those suggestions found resonance at the unconscious level.
Grinder and Bandler’s goal was to develop models of how these three therapists always got their results. With little direct knowledge of each of the geniuses’ specialty and little knowledge of the field of psychotherapy, on the whole, Grinder and Bandler over a two-year period set out with enthusiasm bordering on fervor, to analyze and develop selected portions of the geniuses’ behavior. The three gifted therapists were quite different personalities, yet Grinder and Bandler discovered some underlying patterns that showed a lot of similarities. The geniuses did not present Grinder and Bandler with a conscious description of their behavior. The modelers (Grinder and Bandler) unconsciously absorbed the patterning inherent in the geniuses and then provided a description. They coded the results of their work in language-based models using the patterns of transformational grammar as the descriptive vocabulary. Identifying and modeling the patterns that produced these results gave rise to the revolutionary science of NLP.
NLP has codified the structure inherent to the therapeutic “magic” as performed in therapy by Perls, Satir, and Erickson, and indeed inherent to any complex human activity, and then from that codification, the structure and its activity can be learned by others.
As Bandler and Grinder knowledge and insights developed, others started to expand and contribute to NLP. NLP now include the work of, Leslie Cameron Bandler, Robert Dilts, Judith DeLozier, and David Gordon. Each individual contributed and helped expand on the work done by Bandler and Grinder. The enthusiasm for NLP and success of NLP grew from a collective and creative group of contributors. NLP continues to grow through research, sharing ideas and training.