NLP History

“Everything that exists has its origin in the past”


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) began its life early in the 1970s, when John Grinder (Linguistic Professor from University of California, U.S.), decided to work along with Frank Pucelik and an undergraduate- Richard Bandler.

All three of them had a fascination with human excellence. Consequently, this charted a path for them to model behavioral patterns of geniuses.

Co-Creators of NLP:

John Grinder (NLP co-founder)
John Grinder
co-creator of NLP
Richard Bandler (co-founder of NLP)
Richard Bandler
co-creator of NLP
Frank Pucelik (NLP co-founder)
Frank Pucelik
co-creator of NLP

Models of Excellence


John Grinder, Richard Bandler & Frank Pucelik began their NLP quest by modelling three people-
Fritz Perls – Founder of Gestalt Therapy
Virginia Satir – Family Therapist
Dr. Milton Erickson – Hypnotherapist

Perls, Satir and Erickson were outstanding as professional agents of change, working in the domain of psychotherapy. They were successful on a consistent basis to enable their clients to heal and achieve the outcome of the sessions. Therefore, they were considered as geniuses and models of excellence by Grinder, Bandler and Pucelik.

Dr. Milton H Erickson
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Birth Of NLP Modelling


All three geniuses – Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Dr. Milton Erickson performed their magic in therapy sessions on clients- unconsciously.
As a result, they were not consciously aware of what they were doing, which made them get results in therapy.

Therefore, the geniuses could not present Dr. John Grinder, Richard Bandler & Frank Pucelik with a conscious description of what they do specifically, which generates the results that they achieve.

With little direct knowledge of each of the genius’s specialty and little understanding of the field of psychotherapy, Dr. Grinder, Bandler and Pucelik over two years, set out with enthusiasm bordering on fervor to explicate the performance of geniuses’ magic in therapy.
This lead to the development of the discipline, which is now known as NLP Modelling.

NLP Modelling in Action


The modellers (John Grinder, Richard Bandler & Frank Pucelik) unconsciously absorbed the patternings inherent in the three geniuses. Subsequently, through language-based models such as Transformational Grammar and other ways, they then decoded consciously what the geniuses do, which makes them get results in therapy.

As a result, John Grinder and Richard Bandler could then offer in their  NLP training courses the patterns the geniuses were applying.

The NLP courses they conducted proved that the NLP models were transferable to others since the learners could consistently get the same results as Dr. Erickson, Perls and Satir.

Subsequently, the learners could use the NLP models successfully in their own work as an NLP coach as well.


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Models of Excellence Decoded


In this way, people in the field related to communication, behavior and change who attempted to learn how they can achieve successful results just as Dr. Milton Erickson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir- finally found the methods and techniques to achieve similar successful results on a consistent basis.
In addition to learning the patterns, techniques and tools in the NLP workshops facilitated by Dr. John Grinder and Richard Bandler, they could refer to several NLP books.

Therefore, through NLP Modelling, Dr. John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik made explicit the tacit skills of the geniuses and NLP was born.

Hence, NLP modelling is the core activity in NLP. It is defined as the process of extricating and replicating the language structure, behavioural patterns and other patterns of an individual who is excellent at a given activity.

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Definition of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)


John Grinder, in his NLP book – ‘Whispering in the Wind’, defines NLP as:

“NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a modelling technology, with a specific focus on the set of differences that make a difference between the performances of genius and average performer in the same field of activity.
The objective of this modelling is to explicate in a way that is transferable and learnable, those set of differences. Thus, the core activity of NLP is the mapping of tacit knowledge on to an explicit model.”

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Structure of Magic - NLP book, written by John Grinder and Richard Bandler

First NLP Book


In 1975, John Grinder and Richard Bandler presented their NLP modelling projects to the world, in the form of NLP Books.

In 1975, they published their first NLP book –Structure of Magic’ in which they presented the patterns applied by Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls in their work. The patterns applied by Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls came to be known in NLP as ‘Meta Model’.

Meanwhile, they also published another NLP book – ‘Patterns of Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.’ in which they presented the patterns applied by Dr. Milton H Erickson in his work. The patterns applied by Dr. Milton Erickson came to be known in NLP as ‘Milton Model’.
This lead to ‘Meta Model’ and ‘Milton Model’ being featured in NLP Trainings.

Subsequently, they wrote several NLP books together, such as ‘Frogs into Princess’, ‘Trance-formation’ and ‘Reframing’, which lead to the field of NLP spreading rapidly across the globe.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
– Lao Tzu

Birth of New Code NLP


In the late 1970s, John Grinder and Richard Bandler stopped working with each other.
However, both separately continued writing NLP books and providing NLP courses worldwide.

In the 1980s, John Grinder went on to develop New Code NLP, which he refers to as “The Ferrari of NLP”. He developed New Code NLP with an intention to correct the flaws that he personally found in NLP.

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The difference between NLP and New Code NLP


Hence, a lot of people became curious to know the difference between NLP and New Code NLP.

One of the significant differences between NLP and New Code NLP is that the NLP techniques involve more of the conscious mind, whereas New Code NLP techniques involve more of the unconscious mind.

NLP – The Global Phenomenon: International NLP Trainings


NLP and New Code NLP are now well known all across the globe, including India, with thousands of NLP Trainers and NLP coaches assisting individuals in improving their quality of life.
In fact, there are many NLP trainers in India itself that provide NLP certification in India.

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NLP certification in India


As a result, if an individual is keen to become an NLP coach to assist others or even use some NLP techniques and tools only on themselves, it can be quite a task to select from which NLP trainer to attend an NLP certification in India.

To make the decision process easier, you can check the page- “NLP certification in India”.
On the page, there are several criteria of an NLP Training recommended by Dr. John Grinder mentioned, which can enable you to select from which NLP trainer in India or abroad to learn.

New Code NLP and NLP Certification Training of Transformative NLP International (T-NLP)


I am glad to share that my NLP Training Institute – Transformative NLP International (T-NLP) is the only International NLP Certifying Training Institute in India to provide both – NLP as well as New Code NLP certification in India, which is certified by Dr. John Grinder and co-developers of New Code NLP – Carmen Bostic St. Clair and Michael Carroll.

I have even been a mentor in their NLP training courses, including International New Code NLP certification and NLP Trainers Training.
I have also learnt directly from Frank Pucelik – (NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainers Training) and co-developer of NLP – Christina Hall (NLP Master Trainers Training).

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