History of NLP

Robert Dilts – Unity of Heart, Mind and Spirit

Robert Dilts has been an active contributor in NLP since it’s beginnings, studying with Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson.

His personal contribution to NLP Techniques and models include

  • NLP Strategies
  • Belief Systems
  • Systemic NLP
  • Sleight of Mouth Patterns
  • The Spelling Strategy
  • The Allergy Technique
  • Neuro-Logical Levels

Robert Dilts on What is NLP?

Robert is a prolific author. Some of his important NLP Books include

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming: The Study of the Structure of Subjective Experience, Volume I, with John Grinder, Richard Bandler and Judith DeLozier (1980)
  • Applications of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (1983)
  • Changing Belief Systems with NLP, Meta Publications, Capitola, CA,1990.
  • Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-Being, with Tim Hallbom and Suzi Smith (1990)
  • Tools For Dreamers: Strategies of Creativity and the Structure of Innovation, with Robert W Dilts (father) and Todd Epstein (1991)
  • Skills for the Future, with Gino Bonissone (1993)
  • Effective Presentation Skills (1994)
  • Strategies of Genius Volumes I, II and III (1994-1995)
    This amazing use of the modeling process looks at Geniuses such as Walt Disney, Motzart, Tesla and Einstein
  • Dynamic Learning, with Todd Epstein (1995)
  • Visionary Leadership Skills: Creating a World to Which People Want to Belong (1996)
  • Tools of the Spirit, with Robert McDonald Robert (1997)
  • Modeling With NLP (1998)
  • Sleight of Mouth: The Magic of Conversational Belief Change, (1999, 2006)
    The sleight of mouth patterns are extended and recategorized in Mind lines: Lines for changing minds by Michael Hall
  • Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding, with Judith DeLozier, (2000)
    This extensive and excellent resource is available in limited online form at NLP University Press. If ever you want more detail for a particular NLP process or term, this is the place to look.
  • Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders Who Want More From Life, with Ann Deering and Julian Russell (2002)
  • From Coach to Awakener (2003) This is a well written and useful book for coaching that can be read by novice NLPers.

His work generally is what I would call “academic”. To me his Auditory Digital Processing and Information Motivation Preference are very noticeable, particularly in his earlier work. Which generally means best for more advanced users rather than beginners. It also means he pays attention to detail, sources, referencing and accuracy, which many in NLP don’t

These two videos show an extraordinary man with heart and depth. They are a bit long winded because of the translation. Worthwhile to stay with it. If you are ever tempted to believe your small actions and decisions don’t make a difference, think back to this story.

Teddy story 1

I love how the translater gets personally involved. Translating is one of those things where it is usual and easy to be an observer and stay dissociated and disconnected. In fact it is normally appropriate to be anonymous and in the background.

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