Talk:Neuro-linguistic programming

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Apologies -- new to wikiquote. I'll check back to see how this has been knocked into shape by those more experienced :) FT2 (Talk | email) 19:15, 24 June 2006 (UTC)


  • The ability to change the process by which we experience reality is more often valuable than changing the content of our experience of reality.
  • We have no idea about the 'real' nature of things ... The function of modeling is to arrive at descriptions which are useful.
    • Bandler & Grinder (1979) p.7.
  • People already have all the resources they need to succeed [or change].
  • "Life and 'Mind' are systemic processes."
  • Underlying structure (form) matters more than specific content
  • Behind every behavior is a positive intention.
  • Choice is better than no choice (and flexibility is the way one gets choice).
  • Multiple descriptions are better than one.
  • There are no resistant clients; there are only incompetent [less skilled] therapists.
  • NLP is generative.
  • NLP is based upon distinctions in sensory observation.
  • Good NLP is 90% information gathering and testing, and 10% changework.
    • Saying of John Seymour, NLP master trainer, may be more widespread.
  • Everyone is different, always check, never assume a pattern is universal.
  • Use whatever works.
    • Principle of utilization, originated: Milton Erickson, who was famous for turning peoples self-perceived defects, or limitations, to positive use.
  • If something can be done effectively and ecologically in ten minutes, don't spend an hour doing it.
  • If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.
  • Sometimes worded: If what you are doing isn't working, try something [anything] else
  • Understanding is the booby prize.
    • Saying of John Seymour, master NLP trainer, to signify that effective change and/or learning is far more important than 'understanding', and that change does not always require interpretation and analysis. Originated with Milton Erickson who was notable amongst psychiatrists, because he would avoid "interpreting" back to the client (as described above)