NLP Origins

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) began its life in the early 1970s when a Linguistic Professor - John Grinder from the University of California, U.S, teamed up with an undergraduate, Richard Bandler and also Frank Pucelik. All three of them had a fascination with human excellence which charted a path for them to model behavioural patterns of selected geniuses.

John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik began their NLP quest by modelling three geniuses- Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt therapy), Virginia Satir (Family Therapist) and Dr. Milton Erickson (Hypnotherapist). These three geniuses were outstanding as professional agents of change, who were working in the domain of psychotherapy.

All three geniuses- Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Dr. Milton Erickson performed their magic unconsciously during therapy with their clients. Thus, the geniuses could not present Dr. John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik with a conscious description of what they were specifically doing which facilitated transformations in the lives of the clients who came to them for therapy.

With little direct knowledge of the work of each of the geniuses speciality and little knowledge of the field of psychotherapy, Dr. John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik, over a two-year period, set out with enthusiasm, to explicate the patterns applied by the geniuses during therapy.

Hence, through this methodology called as NLP Modelling, Dr. John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik, made explicit the tacit skills of geniuses and the patterns applied by them and thereby NLP was born.

Therefore, NLP Modelling is the core activity of NLP, which is known as the process of extricating and replicating the language structures and behavioural patterns of an individual who is genius/excellent at a given activity.

In 1975, John Grinder and Richard Bandler presented their work to the world through their NLP books- “Structure of Magic I and II”. These NLP books were published by a respected publishing house- ‘Science and Behaviour Books Inc’.

Simultaneously, Grinder and Bandler willingly began offering NLP training courses in which they taught those patterns which they had decoded of the geniuses.

Hence, through reading the NLP Books and applying their learnings from the NLP Trainings, people, especially in the field related to communication, behaviour, and change, began gaining more successful results while doing change work.

This also proved that the patterns applied by the geniuses were learnable by any individual who attends the NLP Trainings.

Therefore, this propelled the field of NLP as the interest in NLP spread quickly across the globe.