Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is defined as the study of the
structure of subjective experience and what can be calculated from
that and is predicated upon the belief that all behaviour has structure.
People such as Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson and Fritz Perls had
amazing results with their clients. They were some of the people
who's linguistic and behavioural patterns Richard
Bandler built formal models of. He then applied these models
to his work.
Because these models are formal they also allow for prediction and calculation. Patterns that may not have been available in any of these people's work could be calculated from the formal representations he had created. New techniques and models were (and still are being) developed.
Since the models that constitute NLP describe how the human brain
functions they are used in order to teach them. NLPis not a diagnostic
tool. It can only be applied and can therefore only be taught experientially.
Well trained Neuro-Linguistic Programmers will always teach by
installation, not by teaching technique after technique. Techniques
outdate themselves too quickly to base the field of NLP on a set
of techniques. It is based upon the attitude, the models and the
skills which allow for constant generation of new techniques which
are more effective and work faster.
Although many providers make certain courses prerequisite to the
attendance of other courses, Dr.
Bandler has no such prerequisites for any of his seminars. Learning
does not come in levels. Once the underlying pattern, by which something
can be learned has been taught, the material becomes not only easily
accessible but a logical extension. For example, once somebody has
learned how to read it no longer matters whether a book is five
pages or two-hundred pages long. Similarly, once someone has been
taught the spelling strategy it does not matter whether the word
is two or five letters long, you just have to look at the picture.
Each seminar is based upon different sets of knowledge. Therefore,
it is not necessary to do them in any specific order.
Each seminar that Dr. Bandler teaches is different. Once someone has attended one practitioner course it does not mean that the practitioner material has been learned and that person should therefore go to a different course. You have to remember that the names and certificates are only names and certificates not the material nor the knowledge!
Neuro-Linguistic Programming was specifically created in order
to allow us to do magic by creating new ways of understanding how
verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. As such
it presents us all with the opportunity to not only communicate
better with others, but also learn how to gain more control over
what we considered to be automatic functions of our own neurology.