One of the accusations made against NLP is that it has no basis in science or research. As one of the long standing experts in NLP, Steve Andreas comments.
Anyone with even a little training in NLP knows from personal experience and client feedback how rapid and effective it can be. And we also know how often we are asked by skeptics, “What is the scientific evidence for NLP?” The simple answer is, “There isn’t any.” As a result, NLP is often dismissed as a “cult,” or another “pop psychology” or “new age scam,” particularly by many in the helping profession, and hundreds of thousands of clients who could have been helped have no opportunity to find out how effective NLP is. Moreover, because these techniques are not being fully investigated, the contributions that they might provide for practitioners in the fields of therapy, education, business, medicine, and other fields are not being realized.
The Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health are setting up an NLP Research and Recognition Project to coordinate current research into NLP and it’s application.
I think it’s very important that convincing scientific evidence is produced in support of NLP procedures and techniques. In these days of evidence based care it can be difficult to persuade service providers to venture into anything new or unfamiliar. Quality research could make us much more persuasive.
The full text of the email from Steve Andreas is presented below.