Monthly Archives: October 2007

Is NLP just ‘a technique’?

I’m amazed at the number of individuals, websites and blogs which describe NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming as a set of techniques or, even worse and from a recent Daily Express headline in which NLP is described as ‘a technique’!

Over 30 years ago, back in the early to mid 70’s, Bandler and Grinder began NLP as a sort of meta-therapy i.e. a therapy that would have the key ingredients of successful therapies. In doing this they ‘modelled’ what worked in the world of therapy; notably Fritz Perls’ Gestalt Therapy, Virginia Satir’s family-oriented therapy and Milton Erickson’s unique approach to hypnotherapy.

(This was, of course, just the beginning and pretty soon they and their co-explorers realised that NLP had potential in many more fields than just therapy). Continue reading

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