Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)


John Grinder


   Richard Bandler

(This page describes the essence of NLP from the perspective of its original contribution to our discovery of the Fractal Phenomenon and the development of Pattern Thinking - and doesn't even attempt to do justice to NLP in its entirety.  For a detailed overview of NLP, go to, or google "neurolinguistic programming").

Neurolinguistic Programming is about programming one's thinking to overcome common hinderances and achieve outstanding performance, using thinking patterns adopted by successful people.  It was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s and was originally based on the study of 3 highly successful psychotherapists:

  1. Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy),
  2. Virginia Satir (Family Therapy) and
  3. Milton Eriksen (Hypnotherapy)

It has since evolved in a number of directions, including therapy, personal and professional development and sports performance.

A good example of a popularised version of NLP is the work of Tony Robbins (

Contribution to the development of Pattern Thinking

The NLP concept played a signifciant role in the early development of Pattern Thinking - both as a general concept that contributed to the discovery of the Fractal (Repeating Patterns) Phenomenon and as a key component in the Change Pattern.  It remains - in it's various forms - an extremely useful tool in helping one overcome Unconscious Incognizance (the primary Human Condition Problem Pattern) and learn new approaches and ways of thinking very quickly.

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