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NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming): The Founders and the early years

“We take the very best of what people do, synthesise it down, make it learnable and share it with each other –  and that is what the real future of what NLP will be and its gonna stay that way!”

Richard Bandler

Richard Bandler

Richard Bandler

NLP  (Neuro Linguistic Programming) was developed in the early to mid 70’s in the United States by two young scientists of the University of  Santa Cruz. John Grinder, a professor of linguistics and Richard Bandler, a mathematician and graduate student of computer programming and psychology who already worked as a therapist for Gestalt therapy. Grinder and Bandler studied the work of the most successful psychotherapists. These therapists, especially the founder of Gestalt therapy, Fritz Perls, family therapist Virginia Satir and the doctor and hypno-therapist Milton Erickson were famous for their amazing achievements.

Their therapeutic approaches were completely different from each other and at first glance they seemed to have nothing in common. But Grinder and Bandler wanted to find out about the reasons for their success and looked in detail at the language that these therapists used. They found a number of language patterns used by all of them and as they began to apply these speech patterns in their own work they had similarly impressive success.

John Grinder

John Grinder

The second main focus of their research were our perceptions of reality. They found that we normally cannot see reality as it is but altered by various filtering processes that create ‘our’ own personal reality. As a result one very important pre-supposition of NLP is ‘The map is not the territory’.  This has nothing to do with geographical maps of course! Simply explained: If ten people look at an object, the object stays the same but if you then ask the ten people what they saw they will each give a different description. NLP works on the principle that by knowing about these filters in ourselves and others communication becomes much easier.Bandler and Grinder soon realized that their findings not only had importance for the field of therapy but also for business, education, sports, relationships and other areas.

Their research led to examine successful people of all kinds; CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Teachers, Athletes etc  NLP is about modelling human excellence. It is about not inventing something new but modelling existing behaviours of people  who are extremely successful.

soulrefresher view:

“We’ve experienced first hand, both personally and with our clients, how NLP can help people to find real solutions for their problems in personal and professional life, through the beneficial tools and techniques that it offers. NLP empowers people to make the right decisions for themselves which enable them to lead richer and more fulfilling lives”.

Richard Bandler and John Grinder still continue to offer courses in NLP globally.

Here you can see a video of John Grinder explaining modelling in NLP:

Video: thank you ‘inspiritiveNLP‘ for uploading the video on You Tube.
Photos:Richard Bandler Grinder

Thank you.



NLP – a powerful tool that can transform your life.

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Andy Warhol

At soulrefresher we like to keep things simple and only work with things that deliver results that’s why we are introducing- NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) as part of our services. NLP has been around since the 1970s when it was founded by the interesting duo of John Grinder and Richard Bandler. You can read more about the history on our NLP page. In essence NLP is a powerful tool that can empower people to overcome their own limitations and reach their desired outcome. It works on the principle of understanding the relationship between what we think, say and do and using that information to help us make any necessary changes. NLP theory can be a little heavy on jargon but the key messages are very clear e.g.

‘Keep on doing the same thing, keep getting the same results. 

If what you’re doing isn’t working, then do something else.’

NLP can be used in all aspects of life – personal and professional and offers simple solutions to navigate some of life’s more challenging times from dealing with loved ones to getting that promotion you deserve! Click here to find out more about NLP and the courses that soulrefresher offers.

Yugesh Namdev Mountaineer

Yugesh Namdev Mountaineer and NLP Master Trainer

As part of our educational journey through India soulrefresher had the good fortune to do further training with the IN President of India Yugesh Namdev. As an NLP Master Trainer  Reiki Master and Meditation Teacher, Yugesh teaches NLP in a very holistic way. He has a great ability to create awareness in his students of how we are each the masters of our destiny and responsible for the lives that we lead. Through NLP he cleverly provides the tools that we need to become true to ourselves and our dreams.

‘NLP is magic in action.’ Yugesh Namdev

You can read more about Yugesh’s work and the courses he offers here.

Read more about NLP and the soulrefresher NLP courses.