History of NLP

(Allegedly this stuff happened)

NLP originated in the melting pot that was the University of California in Santa Cruz in the 1970s. Students were encouraged to choose whichever classes they wished, to blend Arts and Sciences subjects and basically to design their own education according to their needs and desires. In addition, students and teachers were accorded basically the same privileges and freedoms which led to close relationships being formed across the campus.

At that time, Richard Bandler, a 20 year old, long haired, chain smoking psychology student was running a gestalt therapy group at the university which was having quite a degree of success. He was also transcribing the therapeutic sessions of Fritz Perls (the father of Gestalt psychology). It’s likely that Bandler was unconsciously using some of the techniques he’d picked up by observing Perl’s work. The problem he faced was that he was unsure of what exactly he was doing that led to his amazing successes in the gestalt group and whilst skilled at achieving these results himself, he was less skilled at teaching others to do what he did.

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