Thursday, December 29, 2005

Success Journal

Announcement: We've moved is now

NLP Knowledge Blog has been replaced with revamped and brand new website which contains a directory of Top Tips for Personal Development, Self Help and Success

With effect from December 2005, NLP Knowledge Blog has shut down its operations and will no longer be available to readers.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For more queries, please email

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Gun For Motivation

Ever experienced a time where brain just can't shut up and keeps on flooding your head with loads of negative stuff (negative self-talk, negative pictures, negative feelings, etc.) ?

I've discovered a new way of dealing with it... SHOOT IT!

So the next momen those negative stuffs ooze into your head, shoot it and actually hear the gunshot "BANG! BANG! BANG!" (Make it as loud and as realistic as possible). This will interrupt the pattern almost instantly.

Content Property of NLP Knowledge Blog

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Magic Power of Self-Image

The most crucial key to personal change and growth is that of the Self-Image. Self-Image is part of the Belief you have about who you are and believe it or not, you already have an idea or perception, at least, of who you are right down to the very last detail. Well, you may not be aware of it consciously but certainly it is reflected upon the way you act or behave.

According to Self-Image Psychology Expert Late Dr Maxwell Maltz, each and everyone of us carry a mental image of ourselves in our minds and HOW we act or react is entirely based upon that mental image. If you see yourself in your mind as a "Fat person", you are highly likely to behave like a "Fat person". If you see yourself as an "Average student", you are highly likely to behave like an "Average student". If you see yourself as an "Achiever" type of person, you are highly likely to behave like one

I've seen over and over again people trying to change their behaviour but ended up screwing themselves into a cold turkey. Let's take for example, I've a friend who has been trying to stay slim but he just couldn't get himself to follow through his dietary plans. Yes, he may have used NLP to recondition his mind or NAC to link pain to not following through and pleasure to following through but if in his mind he sees himself as a "Fat person trying to pull through some slimming plans" nothing will work!

Alright so who's responsible for that self-image of yours. You! Think of self-image as if it were a Label and every time someones reprimands you "You are dumb at Maths!" you put on those labels. Soon, you'll find yourself being stuck over with all those

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Healing Cancer With NLP

By: Dr Richard Bolstad and Margot Hamblett

Part A: A Research Based Approach To Mind-Body Healing Of Cancer
Successes and Failures in Healing

"I believe we are only scratching the surface of our own capabilities and that
the most promising area for research lies within our own minds, our own hearts,
our own souls."

We have a strong personal interest in assisting people to heal from cancer. Like most NLP based health practitioners, we have seen clients heal cancer using NLP processes, and we have also seen clients die from cancer. However we know that cancer can be healed using mind-body processes, and it can be healed on a consistent basis. We are talking about a research study based on over 300,000 people which shows over 95% effectiveness. The methods used in the world’s largest study on medicine-free healing of cancer are almost entirely familiar to NLP Practitioners, with one key exception. In the first part of this article we will document the research into these methods, and explain their basis in immunology. In the second part of the article, we describe a format for the effective healing of cancer and similar life threatening illnesses. We will also explain the one process which we consider is missing in current NLP treatment formats, and suggest an answer to one of the most disturbing questions in NLP: "If NLP is so good, why do so many of our clients with cancer not improve?".

Over this century, health professionals in the west rediscovered the incredible power of the mind to heal the body. The first research demonstrating this in relation to cancer treatment was published by Dr Carl and Stephanie Simonton from Dallas Texas, in their book Getting Well Again (1978). Working with 159 people considered to have medically incurable cancer (average life expectancy 12 months) the Simontons reported two years later that 14 clients had no evidence of cancer at all, 29 had tumours which were stable or regressing, and almost all had lived well beyond the 12 month "limit" (p 11-12). Essentially, 10% were cured and 20% were curing themselves. The Simontons used a combination of biofeedback, visualisation, exercise, goalsetting, resolving internal conflicts, letting go of resentment, and engaging family support.
They explained their success based on psychoneuroimmunology (the way the mind affects the nervous system which in turn affects the immune system).

In Mind-Body Therapy (1988) Ernest Rossi and David Cheek provided another coherent model for achieving this success, using ideodynamic communication (hypnotic communication with the unconscious mind). The publication of Beliefs (1990) by Robert Dilts, Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith offered an NLP frame for understanding the same processes. This book begins with Dilts’ breathtaking account of his mother healing from cancer after 4 days of NLP to change limiting beliefs and resolve internal conflicts. Six years later, Ian McDermott and Joseph O’Connor published NLP And Health (1996), a thorough review of how NLP techniques can be used to mobilise the immune system to maintain health and heal illness.

These models are exciting, and they still leave us with the question, "What about the other 70% in the Simontons’ studies?". In the field of complementary healing, including in the NLP community, we have sometimes encountered a fear of statistical research. This is related in our experience to a kind of incongruity amongst "healers", who know that their methods only sometimes deliver the success they are advertising. Basically, they don’t want to talk about (or even think about) the majority of their previous clients, who did not get cured. It is true that for individual clients, statistics are deceptive. If your cancer heals, it heals, and so you have not 10% success but 100% success. For us as NLP Practitioners though, our interest is also in shifting a larger group of people into the situation of being fully cured. We set goals, and for us the statistics do count. Later in this article, we will describe a methodology which could increase the Simontons’ success fourfold.

How to Become an Early Riser - Part II

Part II of Steve's article

Last Monday’s post How to Become an Early Riser obviously struck a chord with many people. That post has generated more links than I can count, sending more new traffic to this site than any other post or article I’ve written. And the traffic logs indicate that the surge was decentralized (not attributable to a mention in any one major source).

You can get an idea of what that post did for’s traffic at Alexa (note the big spike at the end of May 2005). Alexa isn’t very accurate, but it’s good enough for noting general trends.

Last Monday I did a Google search on “how to become an early riser” (in quotes). It returned zero results. Now look at how many results it returns.

OK, so this was an instalanche. But why? Getting up early is a relatively benign topic, isn’t it? At least I thought it was at the time I posted it.

Since this appears to be a topic of interest, even though I don’t fully understand why, I figured I’d do a follow up post to add some more detail.

First, on the subject of going to bed when you’re sleepy… to do this correctly requires a mixture of awareness and common sense.

If you’re doing stimulating activities before bed, you’ll be able to stay up later and stave off sleepiness for a while. In college I used to participate in poker games that went until dawn, and then we’d often go out to breakfast afterwards. I can easily stay up later than my normal range of bed times if I work, go out with friends, or do other stimulating activities.

But this isn’t what I meant by noticing when you’re sleepy. I mentioned the test of not being able to read more than a couple pages of text without losing concentration. This doesn’t mean waiting until you’re about to drop from exhaustion.

The onset of sleepiness I’m referring to is when your brain starts releasing hormones to knock you out. This is different from just being tired. You actually feel yourself getting drowsy. But in order for this to happen, you need to create the right conditions for it to occur. This means giving yourself some downtime before bedtime. I find that reading is a great way to wind down before bed. Some people say reading in bed is a bad idea… that you should only sleep in bed. I’ve never had a problem with it though, since when I’m too sleepy to keep reading, I can just put the book down and go to sleep. But read in a chair if you prefer.

Another test you can use is this. Ask yourself, “If I were to go to bed now, how quickly could I fall asleep?” If you think it would take more than 15 minutes to fall asleep, I say go ahead and stay up.

Once you set a fixed awakening time, it may take a bit of practice to hone in on the right range of bedtimes for you. In the beginning you may see some huge oscillations, staying awake too late one night and going to bed too early another night. But eventually you’ll get a feel for when you can go to bed and fall asleep right away while allowing yourself to wake up refreshed the next day.

As a failsafe to keep yourself from staying up too late, give yourself a bedtime deadline, and even if you aren’t totally sleepy, go to bed by that time no matter what. I have a good idea of the minimum amount of sleep I need. 6.5 hours per night is sustainable for me, but I can do 5 hours in a pinch and be OK as long as I don’t do it every night. The maximum I ever sleep is 7.5 hours. Before I started waking up at a fixed time each morning, I’d often sleep 8-9 hours, sometimes even 10 hours if I was really tired.

If you consume caffeine during the day, it’s likely to mess with your sleep cycles. So the original post assumes you aren’t drugging yourself to stay awake. If you’re addicted to caffeine, then break the addiction first. Don’t expect natural sleepiness to occur at the right time if you’re screwing with your brain chemistry.

The idea of the original post was to explain how to develop the habit of arising early. So the advice is geared towards creating the habit. Once the habit is established, it runs more subconsciously. You can be doing stimulating activities like work or playing video games, and you’ll just know when it’s time for you to go to bed, even though it may be a different time each night. The sleepiness test is important for developing the habit, but subtler signals will take over afterwards.

You can always sleep in late now and then if you need to. If I stay up until 3am, I’m not going to get up at 5am the next morning. But I’ll return to my usual routine the next day.

I recommend getting up at the same time for 30 days straight to lock in the habit, but after that you’ll be so conditioned to waking up at the same time that it will be hard to sleep in. I decided to sleep in late one Saturday morning and didn’t set my alarm, but I woke up automatically at 4:58 am. Then I tried to sleep in, but I was wide awake and couldn’t fall back asleep again. Oh well. Once the habit is established, it isn’t hard at all to get up, assuming you’re going to bed at the onset of sleepiness.

If you have kids, adapt as needed. My kids are ages 5 and 1. Sometimes they wake me up in the middle of the night — my daughter is in the habit of doing this lately, popping into the bedroom to tell my wife and me about her dreams or sometimes just to chat. And I know what it’s like when there’s a baby waking up every few hours. So if you’re in that situation, I say that the rule is to sleep when you can. Babies aren’t very good at sticking to schedules.

If you can’t get yourself out of bed when your alarm goes off, this is likely due to a lack of self-discipline. If you have enough self-discipline, you’ll get out of bed no matter what. Motivation can also help, but motivation is short lived and may only last a few days. Discipline is like a muscle. The more you build it, the more you can rely on it. Everyone has some discipline (can you hold your breath?), but not everyone develops it. There are a lot of ways to build discipline — I’ve written a whole chapter on this topic in my upcoming book. But basically it comes down to taking on little challenges, conquering them, and gradually progressing to bigger ones. It’s like progressive weight training. As your self-discipline gets stronger, a challenge like getting out of bed at a certain time will eventually become trivially easy. But if your self-discipline has atrophied, it can seem an almost insurmountable hurdle.

Why get up early?

I’d say the main reason is that you’ll have a lot more time to do things that are more interesting than sleeping.

Again, I’ve gained about 10-15 hours per week doing this. That extra time is very noticeable. By 6:30am, I’ve already exercised, showered, had breakfast, and I’m at my desk ready to go to work. I can put in a lot of hours each day of productive work, and I’m usually done with work by 5:00 pm (and that includes personal “work” like email, paying bills, picking up daughter from preschool, etc). This gives me 5-6 hours of discretionary time every evening for family, leisure activities, Toastmasters, reading, journaling, etc. And best of all, I still have energy during this time. Having time for everything that’s important to me makes me feel very balanced, relaxed, and optimistic.

Think about what you could do with that extra time. Even an extra 30 minutes per day is enough to exercise daily, read a book or two each month, maintain a blog, meditate daily, cook healthy food, learn a musical instrument, etc. A small amount of extra time each day adds up to significant amounts over the course of a year. 30 minutes a day is 182.5 hours in a year. That’s more than a month of working full-time (40 hours per week). Double it if you save 60 minutes a day, and triple it if you save 90 minutes a day. For me the savings was about 90 minutes/day. That’s like getting a free bonus year every decade. I’m using this time to do things that I previously didn’t have the time and energy to do. It’s wonderful.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

How to Become an Early Riser

Another article by Steve which got my eyeballs all engrossed and minds reading

Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon.

But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. On those rare occasions where I did get up early, I noticed that my productivity was almost always higher, not just in the morning but all throughout the day. And I also noticed a significant feeling of well-being. So being the proactive goal-achiever I was, I set out to become a habitual early riser. I promptly set my alarm clock for 5AM…
… and the next morning, I got up just before noon.


I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. I figured I must have been born without the early riser gene. Whenever my alarm went off, my first thought was always to stop that blasted noise and go back to sleep. I tabled this habit for a number of years, but eventually I came across some sleep research that showed me that I was going about this problem the wrong way. Once I applied those ideas, I was able to become an early riser consistently.

It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. But with the right strategy, it’s relatively easy.

The most common wrong strategy is this: You assume that if you’re going to get up earlier, you’d better go to bed earlier. So you figure out how much sleep you’re getting now, and then just shift everything back a few hours. If you now sleep from midnight to 8am, you figure you’ll go to bed at 10pm and get up at 6am instead. Sounds very reasonable, but it will usually fail.
It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. One is that you should go to bed and get up at the same times every day. It’s like having an alarm clock on both ends — you try to sleep the same hours each night. This seems practical for living in modern society. We need predictability in our schedules. And we need to ensure adequate rest.

The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up. This approach is rooted in biology. Our bodies should know how much rest we need, so we should listen to them.

Through trial and error, I found out for myself that both of these schools are suboptimal sleep patterns. Both of them are wrong if you care about productivity. Here’s why:

If you sleep set hours, you’ll sometimes go to bed when you aren’t sleepy enough. If it’s taking you more than five minutes to fall asleep each night, you aren’t sleepy enough. You’re wasting time lying in bed awake and not being asleep. Another problem is that you’re assuming you need the same number of hours of sleep every night, which is a false assumption. Your sleep needs vary from day to day.

If you sleep based on what your body tells you, you’ll probably be sleeping more than you need — in many cases a lot more, like 10-15 hours more per week (the equivalent of a full waking day). A lot of people who sleep this way get 8+ hours of sleep per night, which is usually too much. Also, your mornings may be less predictable if you’re getting up at different times. And because our natural rhythms are sometimes out of tune with the 24-hour clock, you may find that your sleep times begin to drift.

The optimal solution for me has been to combine both approaches. It’s very simple, and many early risers do this without even thinking about it, but it was a mental breakthrough for me nonetheless. The solution was to go to bed when I’m sleepy (and only when I’m sleepy) and get up with an alarm clock at a fixed time (7 days per week). So I always get up at the same time (in my case 5am), but I go to bed at different times every night.

I go to bed when I’m too sleepy to stay up. My sleepiness test is that if I couldn’t read a book for more than a page or two without drifting off, I’m ready for bed. Most of the time when I go to bed, I’m asleep within three minutes. I lie down, get comfortable, and immediately I’m drifting off. Sometimes I go to bed at 9:30pm; other times I stay up until midnight. Most of the time I go to bed between 10-11pm. If I’m not sleepy, I stay up until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Reading is an excellent activity to do during this time, since it becomes obvious when I’m too sleepy to read.

When my alarm goes off every morning, I turn it off, stretch for a couple seconds, and sit up. I don’t think about it. I’ve learned that the longer it takes me to get up, the more likely I am to try to sleep in. So I don’t allow myself to have conversations in my head about the benefits of sleeping in once the alarm goes off. Even if I want to sleep in, I always get up right away.
After a few days of using this approach, I found that my sleep patterns settled into a natural rhythm. If I got too little sleep one night, I’d automatically be sleepier earlier and get more sleep the next night. And if I had lots of energy and wasn’t tired, I’d sleep less. My body learned when to knock me out because it knew I would always get up at the same time and that my wake-up
time wasn’t negotiable.

A side effect was that on average, I slept about 90 minutes less per night, but I actually felt more well-rested. I was sleeping almost the entire time I was in bed.

I read that most insomniacs are people who go to bed when they aren’t sleepy. If you aren’t sleepy and find yourself unable to fall asleep quickly, get up and stay awake for a while. Resist sleep until your body begins to release the hormones that rob you of consciousness. If you simply go to bed when you’re sleepy and then get up at a fixed time, you’ll cure your insomnia.

The first night you’ll stay up late, but you’ll fall asleep right away. You may be tired that first day from getting up too early and getting only a few hours of sleep the whole night, but you’ll slog through the day and will want to go to bed earlier that second night. After a few days, you’ll settle into a pattern of going to bed at roughly the same time and falling asleep right away.
So if you want to become an early riser (or just exert more control over your sleep patterns), then try this: Go to bed only when you’re too sleepy to stay up, and get up at a fixed time every morning.

Overcoming Procrastination

An interesting article posted on Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

Procrastination, the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute, can be a major problem in both your career and your personal life. Missed opportunities, frenzied work hours, stress, overwhelm, resentment, and guilt are just some of the symptoms. This article will explore the root causes of procrastination and give you several practical tools to overcome it.

Replace "Have To" With "Want To"

The solution to this first mental block is to realize and accept that you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. Even though there may be serious consequences, you are always free to choose. No one is forcing you to run your business the way you do. All the decisions you've made along the way have brought you to where you are today. If you don't like where you've ended up, you're free to start making different decisions, and new results will follow. Also be aware that you don't procrastinate in every area of your life. Even the worst procrastinators have areas where they never procrastinate. Perhaps you never miss your favorite TV show, or you always manage to check your favorite online forums each day. In each situation the freedom of choice is yours. So if you're putting off starting that new project you feel you "have to" do this year, realize that you're choosing to do it of your own free will. Procrastination becomes less likely on tasks that you openly and freely choose to undertake.

Replace "Finish It" With "Begin It"

Secondly, thinking of a task as one big whole that you have to complete will virtually ensure that you put it off. When you focus on the idea of finishing a task where you can't even clearly envision all the steps that will lead to completion, you create a feeling of overwhelm. You then associate this painful feeling to the task and delay as long as possible. If you say to yourself, "I've got to do my taxes today," or "I must complete this report," you're very likely to feel overwhelmed and put the task off.

The solution is to think of starting one small piece of the task instead of mentally feeling that you must finish the whole thing. Replace, "How am I going to finish this?" with "What small step can I start on right now?" If you simply start a task enough times, you will eventually finish it. If one of the projects you want to complete is to clean out your garage, thinking that you have to finish this big project in one fell swoop can make you feel overwhelmed, and you'll put it off. Ask yourself how you can get started on just one small part of the project. For example, go to your garage with a notepad, and simply write down a few ideas for quick 10-minute tasks you could do to make a dent in the piles of junk. Maybe move one or two obvious pieces of junk to the trash can while you're there. Don't worry about finishing anything significant. Just focus on what you can do right now. If you do this enough times, you'll eventually be starting on the final piece of the task, and that will lead to finishing.

You can read more here

Sunday, December 04, 2005

World's Most Popular NLP Trainers and Practitioners

Interesting truths about the World's Most Popular NLP Trainers and Practitioners

Source from Wikipedia

Anthony Robbins

Tony (Anthony) Robbins (born 29 February 1960, [[]]) is an American motivational speaker and writer.

Robbins is the inventor and proponent of what he refers to as neuroassociative conditioning, which is based on Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Robbins studied NLP under NLP co-founder John Grinder, who encouraged him to look into the firewalk experience which became the foundation of his popular firewalk seminars.

Robbins has authored a number of best-selling books, including Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within. (NOTE: One early pioneer of NLP claims that Unlimited Power was ghostwritten for Robbins.) His best known tape program is known as Personal Power II; other programs include Get the Edge! and Lessons in Mastery.

He also conducts a number of seminars, most famously his four-day Unleash the Power Within, during which the participants walk over hot coals on bare feet by employing the psychological techniques Robbins promotes. The aim of the seminar, demonstrated in the firewalk, is to illustrate that the main quality shared by those who achieve greatness is the ability to act ('Personal Power'). Robbins asserts that fear often holds people back from achieving what they desire with their life. To walk safely on burning coals requires few physical skills, but it does require the mental discipline to overcome one's inner doubts. Applying that same principle to other aspects of life can empower the individual to attempt tasks he or she would previously (erroneously) have considered impossible.

Robbins also promotes a vegetarian lifestyle and endorses the views of Dr. Robert Young and Natural Hygiene practices regarding the need for an alkaline diet.

Supporters argue that Tony Robbins' books, tapes and seminars have given hope to thousands of people and there are many testimonials to the changes brought about by applying the methods he expounds. Robbins has coached world leaders, including several US Presidents, as
well as Mikhail Gorbachev, Princess Diana and others.

Dr Richard Bandler

Richard Bandler (full-name: Richard Wayne Bandler) (born February 24, 1950) is the co-inventor (with John Grinder) of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Bandler holds a BA (1973) in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)[[1]]and an MA (1975) in Psychology from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco [[2]]. Bandler has no earned doctorate. There are various (unsubstantiated) reports (on alt.psychology.nlp) that Bandler has been awarded two honorary doctorates though the details of these awards are not specified. Bandler has claimed in at least one seminar that he submitted a dissertation to, and was awarded a doctorate from the University of San Francisco [[3]]. There is no record of a Richard Wayne Bandler having submitted a dissertation at USF on the ProQuest/UMI dissertation and theses index.[[4]]

Bandler met John Grinder when he was a student at UCSC. Bandler (and John Grinder) met Gregory Bateson when they moved to a small community on Alba Road in the Santa Cruz mountains. Bateson was to have a profound influence on the development of NLP by supplying the intellectual foundations and by introducing the pair to Milton Erickson. Bandler's behaviour at the community soon made him unpopular with his neighbours, so much so that some wanted him removed from the community. Bandler was reported to have been anti-social and to be using large quantities of Cocaine whilst living at the Alba Road community. [[5]]

In 1974 Bandler and Grinder collaborated to produce models of the language patterns used by Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, and later Milton Erickson. Their results were published in The Structure of Magic Volume I (1975), The Structure of Magic Volume II (1976), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume I (1975), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume II (1977) and Changing With Families (1976).
In 1980 Bandler's company Not Ltd had reported earnings of more than US$800,000 and he and his then wife -- Leslie Cameron-Bandler -- were living an opulent lifestyle. By the end of 1980 Bandler's collaboration with Grinder -- where they lectured, trained and co-authored -- abruptly ended and his wife filed for divorce (after two years of marriage). Leslie Cameron-Bandler was later to report that Bandler was emotionally and physically abusive.[[6]] In 1983, Not Ltd declared bankruptcy.[[7]]

Bandler's heavy use of cocaine and alcohol continued through to 1986 when he was implicated in the murder of prostitute Corine Christensen and tried for her murder. Bandler's trial ran for three months where he was represented by M. Gerald Schwartzbach [[8]]. Schwartzbach secured an acquittal for Bandler.

In July of 1996 Bandler filed suit against John Grinder and again in January 1997 against Grinder and numerous prominent members of the NLP community including, Carmen Bostic-St. Clair, Steve Andreas and Connirae Andreas. Bandler claimed trademark infringement, intellectual property ownership of NLP, conspiratorial tortious interference and breach of settlement agreement and permanent injunction by Grinder.[[9]][[10]][[11]

In addition to claiming (retrospective) sole ownership of NLP, Bandler claimed "damages against each such defendant in an amount to be proven at trial, but in no event less than [US]$10,000,000.00". The list of defendants included 200 "Does", i.e. empty names to be specified later. [[12]]

On February 2000 the Superior Court found against Bandler stating that "Bandler has misrepresented to the public, through his licensing agreement and promotional materials, that he is the exclusive owner of all intellectual property rights associated with NLP, and maintains the exclusive authority to determine membership in and certification in the Society of NLP." [[13]]

Contemporaneous with Bandler's suits in the US Superior Court, Tony Clarkson (of Clarkson Knitting Limited) sought the revocation of Bandler's UK registered trademark "NLP" in the UK High Court. The UK High Court found in favor of Clarkson Knitting Limited and on 11 July 2000 Bandler was made bankrupt.[[14]]

By the end of 2000 some sort of rapprochement between Bandler and Grinder was achieved when the parties entered a release wherein they inter alia agreed that "they are the co-creators and co-founders of the technology of Neurolinguistic- Programming. Drs. Grinder and Bandler recognize the efforts and contributions of each other in the creation and initial development of NLP." In the same document, "Dr. John Grinder and Dr. Richard Bandler mutually agree to refrain from disparaging each other's efforts, in any fashion, concerning their respective involvement in the field of NeuroLinguistic Programming." ("Release" reproduced as Appendix A of Whispering in the Wind by Grinder and Bostic St Clair (2001).

Bandler continues to lecture, consult and write books on NLP. Post-1980 much of Bandler's work revolved around the NLP concept of submodalities, i.e. "the particular perceptual qualities that may be registered by each of the five primary sensory modalities" [[15]]. Bandler independently developed Neuro-Sonics, Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning, Persuasion Engineering and Design Human Engineering. The value of Bandler's independent (and trademarked) creations is a matter of some controversy amongst NLP students and practitioners (see[[16]] and alt.psychology.nlp).

Bandler's fans variously describe his seminars as "wonderful", "thrilling", "compelling", "on fire", "exciting", "challenging", "fun" and they are characterised as making sophisticated use of metaphor, story-telling and such NLP devices as "nested loops", "anchoring" and "unconscious installation" [[17]]. To his detractors his seminars are rambling, self-aggrandising, narcissistic and fantastic (alt.psychology.nlp). Similarly, many NLP proponents regard Bandler a "genius" and great healer. His critics -- many of which are to be found on alt.psychology.nlp -- consider him a charlatan with a cult-like following.

Bandler currently teaches classes with co-trainer John La Valle and with stage hypnotist Paul McKenna and Michael Breen.

On the 27th February 2004 Paula Bandler -- Bandler's second wife -- died in Orlando, Florida.[18].

Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts (born 1955) has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler.

Dilts has made many personal contributions to the field of NLP.

John Grinder

John Grinder graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in psychology in the early 1960's. Grinder then entered the Military of the United States where he served as a Captain in the US Special Forces in Europe during the Cold War; following this he apparently went on to work for a US Intelligence Agency. In the late 1960's, Grinder went back to college to study Linguistics, eventually receiving a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. After this Grinder studied with George A. Miller and at Rockefeller University. [1]

Following this, Grinder was selected as an assistant professor of linguistics at the newly founded University of California campus at Santa Cruz. During his academic career, Grinder focused on Noam Chomsky's theories of transformational grammar and worked on the area of syntax. His works in the area of linguistics include Guide to Transformational Grammar (co-authored with Suzette Elgin, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1973) and On Deletion Phenomena in English (Mouton & Co., 1972) and numerous articles. [2]

While at Santa Cruz, Grinder was requested by Richard Bandler, who was then a undergraduate psychology student, to model how Bandler did Gestalt therapy. Bandler had spent a lot of time transcribing Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt therapy) and Bandler had implicitly learned Gestalt therapy. Starting with Fritz Perls, followed by leading figure in family therapy Virginia Satir, and later the leading figure in hypnosis in psychiatry Milton Erickson, Grinder and Bandler continued to model the various cognitive behavioral patterns of these therapists, which they published in their books The Structure of Magic Volumes I & II (1975, 1976), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, Volumes I & II (1975, 1977) and Changing With Families (1976). These books and the modeling methologies used became the foundation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder began hosting seminars and practise groups. These served as a place for Bandler and Grinder to practice and test their newly discovered patterns while allowing them to transfer the skills to the participants. Several books were published based on transcripts of their seminars. During this period, a very creative group of students and psychotherapists formed around Grinder and Bandler, who made valuable contributions to NLP, including Robert Dilts, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Judith DeLozier, Stephen Gilligan, David Gordon.

In the 1980s Bandler, Grinder and their group of associates encountered difficulty and stopped working together. Many members of their group went out on their own and took NLP in their own directions. Some of Bandler and Grinder's books went out of print for a while due to legal problems between the co-authors. Structure I & II, and Patterns I & II considered the foundation of the field were later republished. Bandler even attempted to claim ownership of the term Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), however it was found to be generic and could not be trademarked. Grinder and Bandler settled their claims clearing a platform for the future development of NLP as a legitimate field of endeavour. [see appendix of Whispering in the Wind]

Strongly influenced by his mentor's (anthropologist Gregory Bateson) concern with the lack of ecology and lack of explicit involvement of the unconscious mind in the original 'classic NLP' coding, Grinder subsquently began developing the 'new code of NLP'. Grinder collaborated with Judith DeLozier presenting a series of seminars including 'Turtles All the Way Down; Prerequisites to Personal Genius' which was transcribed and published in 1986.
John Grinder later founded Quantum Leap Inc. together with Carmen Bostic St Clair. They work together as cultural change consultants in large organizations, and present some public seminars on NLP. In 2001, they published 'Whispering in the Wind' in an attempt to correct the flaws in the original coding of NLP. In this book Grinder and Bostic St Clair provide an explicit description of the context of discovery, epistemology of NLP, and a framework for further research. Grinder strongly encourages the field to make a recommitment to what is the core activity of NLP, modeling. [3] Grinder has only trained in the United States twice over the last five years, and maintains that the quality of NLP training in the USA is of low quality.

What is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistics Programming

There are literally countless ways of defining NLP but for simplicity sake, I'll rely on Wikipedia ,which I think provides a more detailed understanding, to explain


Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the name of a set of techniques and principles originally proposed in 1973 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder to describe the relationship between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic, both verbal and non-verbal) and how their interaction can be organised (programming) to affect an individual's mind, body and behavior. It is described by the original developers as "the study of the structure of subjective experience" (Dilts et al 1980), and is predicated upon the assumption that all behaviors have a practically determinable structure [1]. NLP proponents state that individuals considered to be highly successful in a field can be "modeled", or studied with the aim of separating out the various key factors which make them more capable than others. Proponents also state that modeling allows the creation of techniques for changing habitual thoughts and behaviors so that others can also emulate effective skills.
A fundamental notion is that human perception and thinking can be formally notated in terms of the five
senses (Grinder & Bandler 1979; Dilts et al 1980 p.17; Bandler 1997). The basic tenets include the map-territory relation, the observation of non-verbal behavior such as the subtle movements of the eyes, or body postures, and use of sensory-based language. Some techniques include behaviour change, transforming beliefs, and treatment of traumas through techniques such as reframing (Andreas & Faulkner, 1994) and questioning methods such as the "meta-modeling" which can be used to explore personal limits of belief as expressed in language.
The various techniques have been applied to a number of fields such as sales, psychotherapy, communication, education, coaching, sport, business management, interpersonal relationships, seduction, occult, and spiritual. This is both through the use of existing patterns, and through modeling "high performers" in various fields.

Click here to see expanded version

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

NLP used at World Cyber Games

After much anticipation, NLP was finally in the news!

An article in the
Today Newspaper featured NLP being used at the World Cyber Games as a tool for peak performance, and to add on to the "good" news, it was being utilised by Singapore's Team TitaNs and the team captain Paramajothi Prasad attributed to NLP for his team's success besides the home support.

Anchoring is definitely one of the core tool in NLP being used at the World Cyber Games. For a detailed explanation of Anchoring, pls click

Visit the
Best of NLP Blogs