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History of NLP

The history of NLP dates back to the 1970s and a meeting between two American scientists, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. At the time, John Grinder was Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Richard Bandler was a mathematician, Gestalt therapist and computer expert. Both wanted to further their learning and develop themselves.

They ultimately decided to find out how experts are capable of outstanding achievements in their fields while others fail. They began to model successful people and recognised the patterns these people used to achieve their desired goals. Grinder and Bandler became mainly famous through the modeling of Dr. Milton Erickson, probably the most important hypnotherapist, of Virginia Satir, an exceptional family therapist and Fritz Perls, the originator of Gestalt therapy.

Having identified patterns common to these masters of communication they began to share them with students in workshops and seminars and developed them further. In the meantime NLP has spread all over the globe and more and more people are using it in numerous areas.

1972 - Richard Bandler transcribes therapy sessions of Fritz Perls. He goes on to lead Gestalt groups himself. John Grinder becomes his Supervisor.

1975 - Both develop the Meta Model of Language and publish the first NLP book "The Structure of Magic“.

1977 - From their analysis of the work of Milton Erickson, Bandler and Grinder develop the Milton Model.

1980 - Bandler, Grinder and Robert Dilts develop the concept of strategies. With this model, the structure of our thought processes is decoded for the first time.

1982 - Development of the concept of reframing. This concept makes it possible to contact unconscious parts which cause undesired behaviour or symptoms of disease.

1984 - Richard Bandler discovers the concept of submodalities, one of the most effective and impressive techniques of NLP.

1988 - Tad James develops the Timeline. A method especially suitable for healing traumatic experiences of the past.

1990 - Robert Dilts develops the theory of reimprinting and processes for changing restricitve beliefs.

"Before I leave this world, one thing that I would wish for all the world to know, is that human contact is made by the connection of skin, eyes, and voice tone."
- Virginia Satir