Timelines and timeline models are part of Neuro-Lingusitic Programming (and an integral part of the Graduate Certificate NLP). Timelines as models in NLP originated in two forms. Mental timelines that use small and important subcomponents of seeing, hearing and feeling, called Submodalities, were modelled and described by Steve and Connirae Andreas. Physical timelines, where you lay an imaginary line on the floor, that represents your life in chronological order, were developed by John Grinder and Robert Dilts at roughly the same time as the Andreas were working with submodalities. Most reputable NLP organisations teach more than one timeline process as part of their NLP Practitioner trainings and do not infer that timeline use is a separate discipline from NLP.
Timelines can be used to plan the future, review the past, re-awaken memory, manage projects and do change work. They can also be shortened, lengthened, re-shaped and adapted to improve an individual’s capacity for time management in a variety of contexts. See the article A Brief History of Timelines.
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