Fellows of CORE NLP acknowledge the following:


1. Collective changes in society or organizations are best served by the personal development of individual agents of change and by reclaiming our innate core, where there is freedom from flawed thinking and unwanted mental states. NLP and its pragmatic premise to model what works and focus on process is the key to any change.


2. NLP is the brainchild of the collective effort of several independent, curious and courageous minds at a specific time and place in human history. We highly value the fact that NLP came about through cooperation instead of one individual’s pursuit of success.


3. NLP’s great resources of insights and models should benefit anyone who intends to educate her- or himself or others. Since modeling other people is the foundation of NLP, we consider intellectual property claims or other unnecessary thresholds serving private interests inappropriate.  

4. Quality in the application of NLP is of the utmost importance. The intention to deliver quality should be embodied by each one of us and demonstrated in an ongoing dynamic process and never be dogmatic nor quantified. This includes the willingness to welcome and incorporate feedback into our ongoing learning process.

5. Feedback by clients on the quality of the alliance and the outcome is the prime source for quality improvement for agents of change. Fellows are encouraged to incorporate the FIT for Change-format (Feedback Informed Transformation) into their service and clients may actively ask for its application.

6. NLP is a powerful tool that may be used to do beautiful things, but in the hands of some people, it might do harm as well. NLP may be used to pursue one’s personal interests as well as the greater good. The intention of CORE NLP is to move toward where these two options coincide and to move away from where personal and business interests prevail at the expense of others.

7. The typical mindset of a healthy NLP practitioner is generally characterized by the glass being half full rather than half empty. CORE NLP adds that we rather look for the source of water. The typical NLP-mindset may consist of the following meta-programs:

  • Internal instead of external locus of control; holding ourselves responsible for our responses

  • Internally instead of externally referenced, following our own judgments over the expectations of others

  • Toward what we long for instead away from what we seek to avoid

  • Options (keeping possibilities open) instead of procedures (following a script)

  • Matching, focusing on what is, instead of mismatching and looking for what's missing

Download a pdf version of the manifest in English and Dutch. We welcome you to create a translation in your own language which we will be happy to consider for publication on this website.

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This seal indicates CORE-NLP Certification and stands for the commitment to dynamic quality and to teach, coach and facilitate change by example. It may be used freely by Fellows of CORE NLP, thereby publicly acknowledging their most sincere intention to adhere to its principles as a pathway to a non-dualistic application of NLP as well as to respecting all people’s models of the world as being equally valid, albeit not equally useful in attaining joy or progress. Or in Korzybski’s words: ‘a map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.’


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