NLP grew out of the notion of “modeling” from the computer sciences of the 1960s. Then, computers were huge monsters occupying whole floors of major office buildings. “Modeling” was a vision of teaching a computer to do a job or task that a man would normally do.
But which man?
Would you model the poorest performer or the BEST? Obviously, the choice was to find the best person at some task, break what he did down into discreet steps, and write a program that duplicated his behavior. Then the computer would be able to do the task as well as a man-the very best man.
The founders of NLP asked a simple question:
“Why not use the same process to teach you to do something new or solve a problem in a different way than you have tried before.”
At that time, this was revolutionary. Psychology had taken a dark turn under the influence of the Freudians with their obsession with the medical model, which looks for “what’s wrong with this person” and focuses on the finer details of the “problem.
Very quickly, the NLP founders realized that people do not react directly to the world around them. First, you create a “map” of your world.
Then, you react to that map. But the map is not the territory! Change the map, and you change “your world” and your reaction to it. You are not defective, but you may have a defective map.
What are the maps composed of? For human beings there are basically only three things:
Every human being uses one or more of these modes of thinking to create your world. Change your map (the pictures, sounds and feelings), and you change your world. You literally can make your world be whatever you want it to be.
If any human being can do something (anything), you can learn to do it, too-easily and quickly. All you have to do is find out what the expert’s map and programs are like and duplicate them.
That is the secret of NLP’s success.
We find techniques that work and teach YOU to use them.