The basic idea of NLP was to model very successful psychotherapists. Richard Bandler and John Grinder started this as the basis for NLP around 1972 with modeling of Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (Systemic Family Therapy) and Milton Erickson (Hypnotherapy). Abraham Maslow already had this basic idea around 1943 when he studied 60 people. The idea of modeling healthy people was a natural consequence of his famous "hierarchy of needs" with the Five Steps in Human Development (1943). In 1961, this strategy to focus on human potential led to the founding of the Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP).
How was NLP created?
NLP was created as a result of studies by famous 20th century psychotherapists (Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson and Fritz Perls). The creators of NLP are Richard Bandler and John Grinder. In the beginning, the creators of NLP were interested in two things:
What makes the said psychotherapists special?
How can this specialty be transmitted to other people?
They began by identifying communication patterns, attitudes, and specific ways of thinking that are characteristic of all three psychotherapists. As a result of this work, Richard and John have extracted a set of beliefs, skills and techniques called Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
The four steps NLP developed through
- NLPure is the first wave, the original NLP. It started in 1972 with the major "Success & Enthusiasm" by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. In the next step by NLPure Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Judith Delozier and Robert Dilt as joint developers. Anthony Robins developed various motivational seminars around the world with very large groups.
- NLPt is the second wave, the application of NLP in the field of psychotherapy. It is in its mature form called Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy: NLPt. NLP & Psychotherapy started in 1989 with the major "Health & Joy of Living" by Robert Dilts. European Association of NLPt, EANLPt, was founded in 1995.
- NLPeace is the third wave, the application of NLP in the field of spirituality. It began in 1992 with the major "Spirituality & Meaning of Life" by Robert Dilts. In the next step, Richard Bolstad and Connirae Andreas gave their contributions, and in 2014 the name NLPeace was used by the International Association of NLP Institutes IN-NLP.
- NLPsy(NLPsych) is the fourth wave, NLP's scientific research. It is in its mature form called Neuro Linguistic Psychology: NLPsy (NLPsych). It started in 2006 with the Research & Recognition Project. In 2012, the name NLPsy was created for this variation of NLP by the International Association of NLP Institutes. NLPsy has the highest qualification standard. An "NLPsy Master Trainer, IN" needs an academic master's degree in psychology, a degree in psychotherapy at the level of the World Council for Psychotherapy and in NLP an "NLP Master Trainer, IN" qualification. The effectiveness of NLPsy training is scientifically evaluated before and after each training session.