Dr John Grinder and Richard Bandler developed NLP together through the 1970s. They discovered and created many fantastic skills and opportunities for change, learning and growth.
After Grinder and Bandler started working independently from each other, each explored the field further in their own way. Bandler created Design Human Engineering and more recently Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning. Grinder developed New Code NLP, first with Judith DeLozier as expressed in Turtles All the Way Down and significantly further with with Carmen Bostic St Clair as expressed in Whispering in the Wind.
New Code NLP brings together the latest developments in NLP and includes powerful, elegant and easy-to-use processes for changework and personal evolution. Even if you are familiar with “NLP” as a field, you will likely want to experience the latest and best through New Code NLP.
Inspiritive quote Grinder and Bostic (2000) to say that New Code is:
A description of NLP which uses a systemic approach to demonstrate and teach the patterns by providing a series of contexts in which they manifest spontaneously. In the New Code of NLP the unconscious of the client is explicitly assigned the responsibility for the selection of the critical elements-the desired state, the resource, or new behaviour. The unconscious is explicitly involved in all steps. There are precise constraints placed upon the selection of new behaviour, more specifically, the new behaviour must satisfy the original positive intention(s) of the behaviour to be changed. The manipulation occurs at the level of state and intention as opposed to that of behaviour.
What’s different about New Code NLP
One of the first things that stands out to me as I watched Richard Bandler doing Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning back in 2009 was how similar it was to New Code NLP.
Richard and John worked together for about seven years at the start of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Richard went onto brand his work as Design Human Engineering™ and Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning™. John has been very active in continuing to develop NLP, the product of which is labelled as New Code NLP, working initially with Judith DeLozier and since the late 1980s with Carmen Bostic St Clair.
While New Code NLP and “Richard Bandler-style NLP” are very different on many levels, there can be some striking similarities. For example:
Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning: In one exercise, you take a situation that isn’t working for you. A “problem state” if you will. Then you identify the feeling, noticing how the feelings move and change. After a short break, you then create a more resourceful state – a state of mind that feels better and that you believe helps you perform better. A “resource state”. Finally, you take the resourceful state with you while remembering the problem state.
New Code NLP: Take a context that you would like to work on. This context may be problematic or generative – ideally, have the unconscious mind select this context. Associate and connect with that state, taking an inventory of your sensory experience in that context (eg What can you see, hear and feel?). Break your state then create a “content free high performance state” – this is a specific class of states, indicated by resourceful physiology, lack of internal dialog, activation across the brain and body. There are several straightforward methods presented in the New Code to access this state. Finally, you take the “high performance state” into the context, which means that the unconscious mind selects appropriate resource(s) to bring into that context.
You may notice some similarities between these processes, though there are some significant differences, including:
- New Code NLP focuses on supporting individuals expand their choices. Other styles of NLP can tend to focus on how a ‘technique’ can help ‘fix’ a client’s problem.
- New Code NLP strives for elegance. Rather than having to learn dozens or hundreds of “techniques”, New Code NLP focuses upon the most simple format with the minimum number of steps.
- New Code NLP actively engages the unconscious mind. While students of Richard Bandler might have developed finger signals that can be accessed under hypnosis for the use of the practitioner, New Code NLP Practitioners will have a range of ways to access unconscious signals (such as “yes”, “no” and “more information”) so facilitate clear communication. Engaging the unconscious mind is key to helping people get outcomes that are wise, sustainable and takes into account the consequences.
- New Code NLP emphasizes rigorous thinking, precision, and addressing a situation at the appropriate logical level. Other forms of NLP can fix a ‘problem’ but then have to fix another ‘problem’ and another because that ‘problem’ was actually at a different level.
- New Code NLP emphasizes the importance for Practitioners of NLP to engage in modelling. NLP was developed by modelling great performers, and much of NLP today is focused on the resultant techniques; serious students of New Code NLP will undertake modelling projects.
There are other differences too – though perhaps it were better to let you to discover them for yourself.