Modeling Human Excellence
“What makes the difference between somebody who is competent at a given skill, & somebody who genuinely excels at it?” This question prompted the creators of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to model pre-eminent psychotherapists of the 1970s such as Milton Erickson MD, Fritz Perls & Virginia Satir.
Modeling excellence became the basis of a neuro-linguistic approach to the ways we organize our perception, behaviour, capabilities, beliefs, values & identity…and how those neuro-psychological factors can be differentiated & optimized.
NLP Modeling, Applications & Coaching
NLP modeled & coded a body of highly effective skills in psychological change-work & communication. The field has an ongoing research aspect (NLP modeling) & applications aspect (to coaching, brief psychotherapy education, communication & management).
Precise observational & linguistic skills are key characteristics of NLP Coaching. It is a cooperative form of inner change-work that aims to bring about positive transformational change in a direct manner & in a short time-frame.
NLP first developed within a behaviorist/ ybernetic model. This is simply a historical factor, rather than something intrinsic to the field. I have made it a point to train with leading innovators (John Grinder, Connirae Andreas & Ian McDermot) to model their expertise. Nonetheless I found that NLP’s observational & linguistic skills could be adapted to the depth psychology of the unconscious mind. So I undertook a 5-year experience dream-work & active imagination with a senior Jungian analyst. I also incorporate key contemporary discoveries in neuroscience & somatics into my NLP coaching / psychotherapy. Hence I prefer to call my own work neuro-linguistic psychology.