What is NLP?

The Beginnings of NLP

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) began in the early 1970's when John Grinder, a linguistics professor at the University of California, and Richard Bandler, a student of psychology and mathematics, asked themselves the simple yet profound question:

"What is it that makes the difference between somebody who is merely competent and someone who excels at the same skill?"

This question and the answers they found have evolved into a vast body of NLP knowledge that is renowned worldwide for its effectiveness in achieving results.

The first people modeled were therapists: Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, and Fritz Perls. Bandler and Grinder specifically modeled their language, physiology, and mental processes, then identified the thinking, language and behavior patterns which could be precisely defined and explicitly taught to others. Since then, many valuable contributions have been added to the field. Rapid, practical, and effective NLP applications quickly found a solid home in business, helping professions, education, health, and personal development.

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