History and Origins of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
The originators of the NLP model are John Grinder, a former professor of linguistics and Richard Bandler, who was a mathematician who also led Gestalt groups. At the University of California, Santa Cruz in early 1970s these gentlemen sought to delineate the specific communication patterns that enabled various outstanding individuals in psychotherapy to be successful and highly effective. By direct observation and videotape analyses, they analyzed people such as Fritz Perls (Gestalt's founder), Virginia Satir (family therapist), and Gregory Bateson who was an anthropologist and a social psychologist.
Their first discovery was that Satir matched her predicates (verbs, adverbs, and adjectives to those of her clients without being aware of doing so. Some clients would use visual predicates mainly, while others used
auditory or kinesthetic predicates. This led to the proposition that for
any person, one of the senses (seeing, hearing or feeling) is more
highly valued and is reflected in the words that he or she selects.
When Satir matched her words with the predicates her clients used,
the clients appreciated that Satir understood them. This created
rapport, which made her interventions more acceptable.
What are some of the benefits that NLP can bring you? NLP training aims to help people of all walks of life. Some of the key things you can achieve with proper NLP techniques include:
Accelerated rates of weight loss
Improved learning capacity
Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem
Improved states of mood
Setting and reaching performance related goals
Learning to listen more effectively
Managing stress quickly and with ease
Ease of overcoming bad habits (smoking, drinking, procrastination)
Improve your interpersonal relationships
Gain more power and authority as a leader
Better identify factors that may be holding you back in your life
Make better decisions
Improve your business/career development
…and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Neurolinguistic programming has been connected to just about every personal development topic out there, so there’s no shortage of ways that it can be used.