What is New Code NLP?


New Code NLP was developed by John Grinder, and is John's response to an issue within the NLP community that he felt was a problem.

John Grinder noticed that while many NLP practitioners could perform miracles with their clients, they were unable to reproduce such change within their own lives. In a sense they were incongruent (Imagine taking diet advice from someone who was overweight).

John decided that this was due to a number of flaws within the original NLP elements developed between himself and Richard Bandler in the mid 1970s.

John's idea was to make it so that a practitioner could not present a technique without already having applied it to themselves.

A number of new developments within NLP are considered New Code, including:

  • Explicit Framing
  • Perceptual Positions
  • Logical Levels
  • Time lines
  • Verbal Package
  • High Performance States<
  • Characterological Adjectives

One of the key differences between original NLP and New Code NLP is that many of the original applications involved conscious manipulation of internal representations and processes (visual images and sounds) without the involvement of the unconscious.

This means that someone may choose an outcome without understanding the unfortunate consequences that may occur, especially to those around them (i.e. making someone work harder, may have a negative effect on their family).

Involving the unconscious in the process helps to alleviate the risk by allowing the unconscious to help choose resources and outcomes.

Another difference between New Code and the earlier NLP developments is that New Code emphasizes state rather than behavior.

For those interested in NLP trainings, New Code NLP can be learnt directly from John Grinder.

In the UK, Michael Carroll provides trainings through the NLP Academy.

There are currently only two books, both by John Grinder, that cover the subject. 'Turtles all the way down' and 'Whispering in the Wind' are both somewhat heavy going but worth sticking with.


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