Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 25–31

Neuro-linguistic programming and the police: Worthwhile or not?

  • Aldert Vrij
  • Shara K. Lochun

DOI: 10.1007/BF02813808

Cite this article as:
Vrij, A. & Lochun, S.K. J Police Crim Psych (1997) 12: 25. doi:10.1007/BF02813808


In the seventies Bandler and Grinder (1975, 1979; Grinder & Bandler, 1976) developed their model of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). The aim of this model is to facilitate communication between persons (Particularly between counselors and clients). There is a growing body of literature on NLP; it is nowadays even used in a police context (Gray, 1991; Mayers, 1993; Rhoads & Solomon, 1987). What does NLP mean? To what extent does empirical research support the NLP-model? And, to what extent is NLP useful for the police? This article addresses these three questions.

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© Society for Police and Criminal Psychology 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aldert Vrij
    • 1
  • Shara K. Lochun
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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