Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has a number of different definitions. Below are two from the co-creators of NLP. ”NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques.” Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) ”The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius.” John Grinder (co-creator of NLP) NLP covers a very broad range of features. At the core of it is modelling, the ability to copy the small details (such as tone, pacing, breathing, body language) of a successful individual and repeat the task with the same success. NLP also has a large focus on the unconscious mind and connecting it with the conscious mind. By doing so you can harness the power of the unconscious and its ability to make fast and correct decisions as well as block out disease.


NLP can be used as a form of therapy which has been known to cure phobias, anxiety, stress and even allergies. This form of therapy will never use any context (the problem will always be known only by the client), and the therapist will only ever be guiding the individual through the process of change.

A typical session will involve the therapist finding out the type of issue, after which he/ she will choose the particular therapy that will help the individual get past the issue. The therapist will then guide the individual through the process with the aim of creating new neural pathways in the brain and over riding the unwanted ones. These sessions will continue as long as needed.

NLP was developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. They first began to ‘model’ Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy) and Virginia Satir (mother of Family Therapy). They had tremendous success with this and then moved on to model Milton Erikson, a leading hypnosis practitioner. By the late seventies the pair had parted company. Grinder went on to co-develop New Code NLP with Carmen Bostic St-Claire. New Code NLP is where most the change work (therapy) comes from.

NLP causes some controversy among some people for multiple reasons. The first is that it is very hard to test (although there is not enough research in this area). Another reason is that there are some individuals are certified NLP practitioners, however, lack some of the skills to use this.

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