The origins Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) go back to its origins in the 1970s in the US, where the primary founders, John Grinder, a linguist, and Richard Bandler, an information scientist and mathematician, observed the work of psychiatrist Fritz Perls, Milton Erickson and family therapist Virginia Satir to define the techniques, patterns of communication and processes that contributed to successful outcomes for their clients.
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The research of the NLP concept also uses findings and theories from other well-known therapy, transformation, linguistic, modelling, epistemology and human behaviour specialists in the field such as Noam Chomsky, David Hume and George Amitage Miller amongst them. Resulting in the work was the NLP meta model, and with further development up to this day, provides techniques that could identify language patterns, modelling strategies that reflect the most effective way of working with the clients cognitive and semantic functions.
NLP looks at the psychological aspects of strategies and mechanisms being used by the client that work well and ‘re-program’ those that are not. The process analyses the outcomes of thoughts, language and patterns of behaviour learned through experience. The presuppositions of NLP correlate all human actions are well intended and looking at when the outcome or plan fails, the result is neither good nor bad, it provides useful information.