1. Neuro – the mind: how we think, feel and imagine
2. Linguistic – language: written, unwritten, spoken
3. Programming - manipulation and influence of the mind through the use of language.
The birth of NLP took place at the University of California in Santa Cruz (USA), nearly forty years ago. It came about when a professor and student got together to study the field of human change using a technique we now refer to as modeling.
John Grinder (1940-) was an Associate Professor of linguistics at the University of California. Richard Bandler (1949-) was a psychology student there. In 1970, they became friends, and through Grinders techniques began to research Bandlers passionate interest in the success and work of:
After much study, they attributed the positive changes in behavior of Perl’s, Satir’s and Erikson’s clients to their specificity in their technique, and to their ambiguous use of language.
Bandler and Grinder also made other observations and insights of those they knew were the best in their field. Through these insights, they were able to expand NLP in producing specific techniques that they extensively tried and tested for results. Not long after, their team began to multiply with other enthusiastic visionaries in the field, who assisted in the development of the:
Once these techniques had been tried, tested and documented, they were taught to the university’s students who with the techniques were able to produce effective results themselves.
By the early 1980s, the excitement over the development of NLP came second only to controversy surrounding the commercial issues of ownership and distribution. By then, Grinder and Bandler had also parted ways to each pursue their own ideas and interests.
Over the last thirty years hundreds of NLP techniques have been developed that allow individuals to “run their own brain” via step-by-step processes in order to produce desired results. Patterns for lasting, effective changes have been developed for people with:
NLP centers are now also worldwide and NLP concepts are now being used successfully in areas such as psychology, education, business and the arts.