NLP is frequently known as the “users manual for your mind” and studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can effect every aspect of our lives.
A turning point for most students of NLP is when they come to accept that thoughts become things and the way your think about a situation – from running late for a bus to your childhood experiences – defines how you experience it.
Perls died in 1970, leaving behind him some unfinished work.
Among other influences, the self-help movement that emerged in the USA in the mid-twentieth-century may have shaped NLP more than is usually acknowledged.
NLP’s emphasis on the potential for a person to change themselves, and its promises of empowerment and personal success, reflect an ethos of self-improvement that can be traced back to Dale Carnegie’s `How to Win Friends and Influence People’ (first published in 1936), and Norman Vincent Peale’s `Power of Positive Thinking’ (from 1952). In the 1960s California became the centre of the growth movement, most noticeably the Esalen Institute founded at Big Sur in 1962, in which psychotherapists Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls were both involved.
For me personally, it is about being aware of other people when they say old sayings like “don’t get your hopes up” – this little saying is loaded with unhelpful and act ually toxic thought processes that are actually harmful.
Being told not to get your hopes up is akin to hearing that things won’t work out, or there is no use trying, or that failure is more likely than success.