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