John White Professional Life Coach What is NLP

Did you know that Nero-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is all about understanding how human beings work? According to Ian McDermott, it’s not about fixing what doesn’t work but by looking at what we know about human behaviour when it’s at its best.

NLP was developed in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder at The University of California, Santa Cruz. They were interested in studying high-performing individuals to discover what made them so successful. John Grinder was an assistant linguistics professor, and Richard Bandler was a psychology student.

Together, they studied three top therapists: Fritz Perls, the originator of Gestalt therapy; Virginia Satir, a family therapist and Milton Erickson, a hypnotherapist. By analysing their behaviour and mindset, they created various exercises and techniques that others could model and replicate.

John and Richard lived very close to Gregory Bateson, the British anthropologist. He is best known for developing the double bind theory of schizophrenia. He has written on many topics – biology, cybernetics, anthropology and psychotherapy. His contribution to NLP was profound,

NLP can help you break bad habits, overcome limiting beliefs, and become more self-confident. It can also help you manage unexpected life events and challenges. So if you want to improve your communication skills, achieve your desired outcomes, or deal with difficult people, NLP might be just what you need.

Nero-linguistic programming – or NLP as commonly known – is fundamentally the study of human excellence. From these initial models, NLP developed in two complementary directions. Firstly, as a process to discover the patterns of excellence in any field, and Secondly, as the effective ways of thinking and communicating used by outstanding people. These patterns and skills can be used in their own right and also feed back into the modelling process to make it even more powerful.