Lucas Derks

Lucas Derks Ph.D. is a Social Psychologist, a scientific member of the board of the SOMSP since 2012, and a fellow member of the International Laboratory for Mental Space Research since 2003.

From approximately 1970 on he developed an interest in psychology. He started his study in 1976 and obtained his master's degree in psychology in 1982. His interest in NLP started when he came into contact with the work of Bandler and Grinder in 1977. This was the start of his voyage into this subject, and he soon followed an NLP practitioner's training, and a master's training in Nijmegen. He has been active as an NLP-therapist since 1982. In 1986 he decided to devote himself exclusively to NLP-based practices. From 1993 onwards, he became involved in the development of a new method in the field of social systems: the Social Panorama. The connection between NLP and social psychology has become his major activity over the last decade. In 2013 he started the institute for Mental Space Psychology (SOMSP) together with Robert Hemelaar en René Koppelaar. Their goal is to provide a platform for all people interested in the psychology of mental space, and to facilitate scientific research into this exciting field. The general principles that give shape to the social panorama gave rise to Mental Space Psychology: space as the primary organizing principle in cognition.

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