NLP & Hypnosis: Are They Similar?

NLP & Hypnosis: Are They Similar?- By A. Thomas Perhacs

NLP which stands for “Neuro Linguistic Programming” was created in the early 70’s by Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder. It was a model designed to increase ones ability to communicate…

Over the years, Bandler and Grinder’s initial focus was modeling and learning from three successful psychotherapists, Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (Family Systems Therapy), and eventually Milton H. Erickson (Clinical Hypnosis), with the aim of discovering what made these individuals more successful and stood out from others in their field….

NLP has been adopted by many groups, individuals, as well as companies as a cornerstone of their teaching models…

One of the most, if not the most popular proponent of NLP is Anthony Robbins. He was the first person to bring NLP out to the forfront with the concepts used in NLP such as:

  • Modeling
  • Using Visual Auditory and Kinesthetic Identifiers of someones representation system
  • Using certain patterns, such as the “Swish Pattern” to take one habit, thought or idea and change it to another
  • Anchoring
  • Re-Framing

Many books have been written in regards to NLP. Most of the good ones are written by Bandler and Grinder. Many of the NLP practitioners are highly analytical, and although hav