History of NLP


Neuro Linguistic Programming is a hybrid science that was developed in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s by computer scientist, Richard Bandler, and linguist, John Grinder.

From the combined perspectives of their respective sciences, they began a study of three therapists. The therapists were producing excellent results, transforming their client’s ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. They modelled Family therapist, Virginia Satir, Gestalt therapist, Fritz Perls and hypnotherapist, Milton Erickson, who legitimised hypnotherapy as a healing treatment modality accepted by the A.M.A. (American Medical Association).

Bandler and Grinder were looking to discover exactly what transpired in the minds and bodies of patients at the moment change occurred. They asked what specifically caused the change and how they cold replicate it more quickly and efficiently, without years of therapy.

In addition, Bandler and Grinder examined what was occurring in the minds and behaviours of the therapists who achieved such great successes with their patients. Bandler and Grinder wanted to describe the steps of the therapeutic process itself to teach others step by step how to achieve the exact same result in less time.

 The techniques Bandler and Grinder developed by modelling Satir, Perls and Erickson are so concise and effective that the behavioural changes that used to take years now can occur within a matter of hours or minutes. In the decades since its inception NLP has proven a reliable and fast way for people to gain control of their minds and therefore there results.


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