The Use of Neurolinguistic Programming in Psychiatry

  • Philip Barker


Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) (Bandler and Grinder, 1979; Cameron-Bandler, 1978) is the name that has been given to a particular model of interpersonal communication. The developers of this model, who include Robert Dilts, John Grinder, Richard Bandler, Leslie Cameron-Bandler and Judith DeLozier, make it clear in their book, Neurolinguistic Programming: Volume I (Dilts et al; 1979) that it is a model, not a theory. A model, they say, “is simply a description of how something works without any commitment regarding why it might be that way”. NLP is a model of how human beings can communicate with each other in an effective way; it has been developed by studying effective communicators, by which is meant those whose communications achieve the results they intend. Foremost among these was Milton Erickson, M.D., who was undoubtedly a most remarkable and effective therapist. NLP has applications in all fields of communication for example education, business, sales and the everyday communication between friends, spouses and others. This paper, however, will consider only its application in psychiatry, especially psychotherapy.


Sensory Modality Effective Communication Grocery Store Interpersonal Communication Real People 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Barker
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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