NLP came to be in the early 1970s in America, specifically in California. Richard Bandler (the student) and Dr. John Grinder (the professor) teamed up to see if they could figure out (or model) the magic of these therapeutic wizards. So there on the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler used what he knew about patterns in mathematics and computers, and Grinder used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, to create a model about the Perls and Satir model– a meta-model (“meta” is Greek for “above, beyond, and about”).
After enjoying immediate and powerful results from this initial modeling, Richard and John set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. And it so happened that he and Dilts, and others of the original group, were taking classes from Gregory Bateson at the University who not only introduced them to Erickson, but to other influential persons.
Within two years, they produced the original NLP books–
The Structure of Magic, Volumes I and II
The Patterns of the Hypnotic Language of Erickson, Vol. I & II
And that’s how it began.
They built a communication model about human “thinking” and “processing” and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and taste,s and touches in our mind, to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.