NLP: Reflections and predictions
Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier have been exploring and developing NLP since its origins in the early 1970’s at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon, during a break from classes at the NLP University at UCSC, Robert and Judith kindly gave us some of their time to reflect on NLP, from its origins in the early 1970’s, through to the present day and then on to thoughts of what the future may hold in store.
In this interview, Robert and Judith discuss the early years of NLP, including:
Robert Dilts: Robert is one of the key developers and one of the most prolific writers on NLP, having authored 19 books on the subject, including The Encyclopaedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding, co-authored with Judith DeLozier. Robert also works extensively in the business sector, helping companies achieve excellence through effective leadership and management. Robert set out advanced linguistic reframing patterns in his book Sleight of Mouth, this book forms part of the study topics on most Master Practitioner trainings. Robert also formulated the Neurological Levels model, based on the work of Gregory Bateson, an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the 1970’s. This model is used extensively in NLP coaching.
Judith DeLozier: A co-author of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Vol. I (1980), with Robert Dilts, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, Judith was involved in the creation of the fundamental NLP technique of Reframing. A student of Milton Erickson, Judith modeled his tracking strategy for creating and utilizing trance states and metaphors. This work is described in Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Vol. II (1976), which she co-authored with John Grinder and Richard Bandler.
In the book Turtles All the Way Down: Prerequisites to Personal Genius (1987), which she co-authored with John Grinder, Judith explored the interrelationships between NLP and the threads of culture, community, art, aesthetics and epistemology. The result of this work was the creation of NLP New Coding, which stimulated a movement toward a more systemic and relational approach to NLP, and a resurgence of interest in the work of Gregory Bateson. In addition to the development of Perceptual Positions, which have become one of the fundamental distinctions of NLP, Judith’s contributions to NLP New Coding include Attention Training and the relationship between conscious and unconscious processes.
Special thanks to Robert and Judith.
Thanks also to Anneke Durlinger
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