by A. R. Curley
BSc, MEd, NP, M.T. NLP
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Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP draws on a number of counselling
models to help people make desired change.
in the 1970's, a UCLA mathematics/computer student, Richard Bandler,
was hired by the world renowned family therapist, Virginia Satir,
to tape her workshops and sessions. In one particular session
when Satir was finished with her presentation she asked for volunteers
from the audience to do a role play based on what she taught.
When no one volunteered, Richard indicated that he would go. An
astounding thing happened. When Richard role played he sounded
like Satir, responded like her and his voice even sounded like
hers. He later indicated he did not try to mimic her but he had
simply learned her expert counselling strategies by continually
taping and listening to her. This fascinated Bandler. So he went
to a linguistics professor at UCLA, John Grinder, and talked about
his discovery. Bandler and Grinder decided that if the best of
Virginia Satir's strategies could be learned and applied this
way, then it should be possible with other experts as well.s
Bandler and John Grinder arranged to interview Virginia Satir
and learn more of her techniques. They also interviewed other
notables such as Milton Frickson, who was a world renowned therapist
using hypnotic language with his clients, and Fritz Perls, who
was strong in Gestalt Therapy. They worked together strenuously
in developing a 'New' aapproach to counselling and coined the
term - Neuro-Linguistic Programming. "Neuro-Linguistie"
was used back in the 1930's and was coined by a man called Korzybski.
refers to the neurology - our nervous system -everything from
the time we are born is encoded in our neurology - mostly at the
refers to how we express what is encoded; and
refers to the pattern we live from day to day.
on our perceptions, we will behave in a certain manner and if
we get into some behaviors we don=t like (I call it the stuck
state) we can change the behavior by changing our perceptions
or our unconscious programming. It is interesting to note that
much of what is stored in our neurology is at the unconscious
level. NLP is a powerful tool to re-programme the unconscious.
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