A twist of fate and a flashing red light or How NLP's name was created

"Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has untapped potential for treating individual problems... It has metamorphosed into an all-purpose self-improvement program and technology." -Time Magazine

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a set of communication tools that MasterSamNaples NLP-hypnotherapy will describe and share on this website. But many people have wondered how NLP's name came about.

Dr.’s Richard Bandler and John Grinder the co-founders studied successful effective therapists and came up with a conglomeration of skills adopted and adapted from Gestalt therapy , Family therapy, hypnotism, linguistics and as well as those that they developed themselves and created a model that didn not have the NLP name, it was known as Meta, . There is more information about the origins on the History of NLP page on this website.

Science and it’s methods strive for objectivity, though modern physics more and more denies objectivity is possible. Based upon this definition, NLP is not scientific because it does not study the objective, but rather is a study of the subjective experience.

Science seeks to know that which is the same in each individual and to find ways to treat everyone in the same way, though this has not been particularly effective, especially considering that pharmaceuticals have different effects on each individual.

Rather NLP seeks to study without judgment how each individual endeavors to relate to the world. Once the practitioner discerns how a person uniquely processes the world, NLP provides them with tools for optimizing that persons experiences.

The common definition of NLP usually goes:

Neuro: Nervous system through which experience is received and processed through the five senses.

Linguistic: Language and nonverbal communication systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning.

Programming: The ability to organize our communication and neurological systems to achieve specific desired goals and results. . . . . . . . or something like that.

Where did NLP's name come from?

Dr. Richard Bandler the co-founder and father of NLP tells the story of how the model he co-founded became known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

In the 1970’s in California when a police officer pulled someone over they asked the person their form of employment.

One day Dr. Bandler was driving and was pulled over by a state police officer. The officer asked him what he did for a living. Bandler thought to himself, “What do I do for a living?” Then he looked down and had 3 books on the seat in his car. A computer programming book, linguistic book, and neurology book. On the spur of the moment Dr. Bandler said “I do Neuro-Linguistic Programming” and NLP's name was created on the spot.

So the name of this amazing all-purpose self-improvement program and technology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming was actually made up on the spur of the moment by Richard Bandler.

He never said if he ever did get that ticket, though I’ll bet the officer was quite dazed when he left.

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