a reply to: BridgebyaFountain
A bit of correction: original NLP was founded by two equals:
UCLA linguist John Grinder
and then graduate student of cybernetics, Richard Bandler,
based on the then currently most up-to-date Transformational-Generative (TG) linguistic analysis (founded by Noam Chomsky) and behavioral modeling of
excellent psychologists like Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt Therapy, Virginia Satir, an international expert on family therapy, and the world's most
famous hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson.
Bandler and Grinder later coauthored many books, including a methodical study of the hypnotic language strategies of Milton H. Erickson. What they
found was also ordered in accordance with the princinples of modern epistemology (the science of how do we know what we know), championed by Scottish
epistemologist Gregory Bateson of whom they were disciples in California.
Later the main NLP disciples of Grinder and Bandler (e.g. Steve and Connirae Andreas, who penned many of their books from lecture series) founded NLP
Comprehensive, an institute for teaching and experimenting in Boulder, Colorado. Many seminal lecturers and contributors enriched the field of NLP
over the years, especially in therapeutic and communication practices: Robert Dilts did groundbreaking research on working with beliefs; David Gordon
championed the use of therapeutic metaphors, while Steve Andreas and his wife Connirae, along with her sister Tamara also developed incredibly
efficient, sometimes downright spiritual methods for therapy and change and they all held courses and wrote books.
All NLP of the official sort uses the extended concept of ecology: any change should be measured by its effect in the parts of your internal psyche as
well as in your immediate environment, and further on upon the greater environment.
While many salesmen, corporate managers as well as spy agencies and coaches picked up on the actual language techniques of more effectively
communicating to people's unconscious parts, ecology was many times left behind in applied non-official NLP.
Grinder increasingly lived an isolated life dedicating his efforts to further research, while Bandler experimented with a dark side: for years he
dropped out of NLP and missed all its changes, being swallowed by the coc aine plus alcohol world and some criminal activities. Decades passed,
and the main NLP crowd still let him lecture time to time at the NLP Institutes as he had been one of the great founders plus he still had a
specialty: he was still brilliant in a non-emotional part of NLP: submodality techniques (analysis of perception).
Bandler guy was a fallen genius in fact. He returned after gettinmg sober and being acquitted on charges of murder and sued his former colleagues and
disciples on the advice of his lawyer, first for the right of the sole use of the name NLP. This was dismissed but he was allowed to teach whatever he
thought under the name NLP and given some compensation. His brand of NLP is for these reasons different... let's stop there with evaluation.
So it is a not very useful to say that Bandler was the sole creator. We know that he claimed this at times around 2000 but this is simply not
historical truth. The fact is he probably never ended up creating NLP without John Grinder and never published that many books (mostly co-authored)
without the help of his enthusiastic NLP students. Plus that he dropped completely out of the most interesting later developments (both in therapy and
in business) and never bothered to catch up.
Serious NLP anywhere has the element of ecology: it is taught as being an integral part of all and every single NLP technique.
However, as with electricity, the secret about the brain-transforming language patterns was already out in books, and electricity can be used to power
monitors or healing but also for nefarious ends. People read and want riches and control instead of therapy and good communication...
Plus the truth is that when identifying these patterns, Bandler adn Grinder realized that all successful advertisers, writers of political slogans and
the founders of all religions inevitably used the suggestive forms of language, albeit NLP was the first conscious attempt to catalogize them analyze
them linguistically and psychologically then to teach masses of people to actually use new language patterns.
"Creatives" these days - who write ads and fashion images - have NLP training or one from its offshoot organizations. I think most successful
politicians have communication coaches that simply teach them NLP turns of speech. Mr. Obama certainly does.
So verbal manipulation is all around and has been since ages - the question is what goals do you apply it to? You can heal someone's trauma or you
can sell a product or make your dictatorship acceptable to the populace. This is not really neuro-linguistic programming, strictly speaking you would
have to have an NLP certificate as a practitioner to do that and even the late returning Bandlerite schools say something about ecology.
See my point?