Several years have passed since the original publication of this Framework and since that time, research has been presented that disproves or at least seriously questions the validity of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). After reading the research, Social-Engineer.org is in agreement with these doubts regarding the scientific nature and effectiveness of NLP. We do however see value to presenting the historical significance of NLP in regards to social engineering and have opted to continue to include this information as part of the Framework for purposes of discussion and general interest.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder with the guidance of Gregory Bateson. They studied some of the most successful therapist of the time (Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson) to see why they were so successful. From this initial research they developed the “code” concepts of NLP. This early research led to the development of a meta model which recognizes the use of language patterns to influence change. Their work with Virginia Satir, a renowned family systems therapist led to their early works: “The Structure of Magic” Volume I and Volume 2 (1975 and 1976).
Bandler and Grinder later worked with Milton Erickson, the founder of clinical hypnotherapy. The pair used their modeling technique to develop the Milton Model, the use of imprecise language to enable patients to work through issues at an unconscious level. Bandler and Grinder started using the title of “Neuro-linguistic programming” in lectures across the country. Attended by psychotherapists and business managers, NLP expanded its popularity throughout the late 1970’s. One of their more famous book (“Frogs into Prices”) was transcribed from their 1979 lectures.
1980’s – 1990’s
1980 brought the dissolution of the Grinder / Bandler partnership. Richard Bandler wife divorced him and his company Not Ltd filed for bankruptcy in 1983. Bandler was charged with the 1986 murder of Corine Christensen who was an alleged prostitute, NLP student of Bandlers, and cocaine abuser. He was acquitted January 1988. The murder of Corine Christensen is currently unsolved.
Legal maneuvering during the 1980 – 1990 saw multiple lawsuits brought by Bandler against Grinder and almost ever prominent person in the NLP community. Bandler claimed he had sole use of “NLP” and all others were in trademark infringement. The US Superior Court in February of 2000 ruled that Bandler had misrepresented himself to the public and found NLP a generic term rather than intellectual property. NLP had been trademarked in the UK but was overturned making NLP intellectual property everywhere.
1990’s – 2000’s
NLP became the new buzz word again for managers, driving rapid growth of trainers, classes and experts. Without any regulating body, the field grew as everybody wanted to learn to control others, lie without getting caught or solve all their psyche problems. Practitioners were not licensed so each group taught their own form and concept’s of NLP and issuing their own certifications as experts. This fragmentation of certification continues today.
NLP has been scientifically disproven. The usage of the eyes as cues as well as “magical” touches have been proven to be false.
NLP has been reduced to street magician usage.