When I (Abhay Thakkar) learnt NLP from John Grinder (co-creator of NLP) and got certified by him to provide Internationally certified NLP trainings, John Grinder spent ample of time during the course to distinguish between process and content since a lot of topics which is taught in NLP courses is not NLP (I had learnt NLP before from many other NLP trainers, before learning from John Grinder so I was surprised) One of the reasons being – what differentiates NLP from other change/influence methodologies is that NLP is a purely process based model.
John Grinder spoke on many topics which are considered under NLP but is not to be considered under NLP such as ‘NLP Presupposition’ (‘ NLP Presupposition’ is considered as a bedrock in most NLP courses) and this is what John Grinder has to say about ‘NLP Presupposition’ –
“There is no need to subscribe to the so-called presuppositions of NLP in order to benefit from an effective application of the patterns to some problem or challenge.
Further, if the so-called presuppositions of NLP are to be taken seriously, this decidedly odd collection of different logical types and levels are badly in need of revision and reorganization. Their defects, fortunately need not trouble us at the level of application of NLP patterning. Unfortunately presuppositions, like beliefs, are ultimately filters that reduce the ongoing experiences of their possessors. We personally do not find any value in the enumeration of such rationalizations (the so-called presuppositions of NLP). “