NLP is a model of communication as to how we communicate with ourselves and others. The model was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s by modelling excellence of therapists such as Dr Milton Erickson M D Virginia Satir and others who excelled at what they did at that time. Milton Erickson a medical doctor, excelled in using hypnotherapy successfully to treat his patients over a period of some sixty years. The model developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder is is based on how we process information coming in to us from outside.
The underlying belief in NLP is that what Alfred Korzibsky referred to in his book “Science & Sanity” is that: “The map is not the territory” meaning that what we make of the information coming in from outside of us,is not necessarily the event itself.
NLlP has evolved and developed considerably since its origins in the 1970s, partly because it enables to seek better ways on an ongoing basis.
Some examples of the scope of NLP can be illustrated by the following:
“NLP cannot be dismissed as just another hustle. Its theoretical underpinnings represent an ambitious attempt to codify and synthesize the insights of linguistics, body language, and the study of communication systems.” Psychology Today
Times Magazine described NLP as having untapped potential for treating individual problems.
Training & Development Journal reported that NLP offers the potential for making changes without the usual agony that accompanies these changes and that it allows for increasing options, flexibility, creativity and therefore greater freedom of action than most of us know.
Science Digest stated that NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communications to emerge since the sixties