Richard Bandler

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Richard Bandler (full-name: Richard Wayne Bandler) (born February 24, 1950) is the co-inventor (with John Grinder) of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Bandler holds a BA (1973) in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and an MA (1975) in Psychology from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, USA. Bandler has been awarded two honorary doctorates though the details of these awards are not specified. Bandler has claimed in at least one seminar that he submitted a dissertation to, and was awarded a doctorate from the University of San Francisco [[1]].

Bandler had been studying and teaching the work of Fritz Perls before meeting John Grinder as a student at UCSC. Bandler (and John Grinder) met Gregory Bateson when they moved to a small community on Alba Road in the Santa Cruz mountains. Bateson was to have a profound influence on the development of NLP by supplying the intellectual foundations and by introducing the pair to Milton Erickson. According to legend, Bandler named NLP, when stopped for speeding and a policeman asked what he did. Bandler had a book on computer programming, a book on neuroscience, and a book on linguistics, and so he made up the name on the spot, "Neuro Linguistic Programming".

In 1974 Bandler and Grinder collaborated to produce models of the language patterns used by Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, and later Milton Erickson. Their results were published in The Structure of Magic Volume I (1975), The Structure of Magic Volume II (1976), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume I (1975), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume II (1977) and Changing With Families (1976).

Bandler and Grinder began hosting seminars and practise groups. These served as a place for Bandler and Grinder to practice and test their newly discovered patterns while allowing them to transfer the skills to the participants. Several books were published based on transcripts of their seminars. During this period, a creative group of students and psychotherapists formed around Grinder and Bandler, who made contributions to NLP, including Robert Dilts, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Judith DeLozier, Stephen Gilligan, David Gordon. By the end of 1980 Bandler's collaboration with Grinder ended. Many members of their group went out on their own and took NLP in their own directions. Bandler focused on developing the idea of submodalities and nested loops. Bandler himself went on to model Moshe Feldenkrais among others.

In July of 1996 Bandler filed suit many prominent NLP trainers.[2] By the end of 2000 some sort of rapprochement between Bandler and Grinder was achieved when the parties entered a release wherein they inter alia agreed that "they are the co-creators and co-founders of the technology of Neurolinguistic- Programming. Drs. Grinder and Bandler recognize the efforts and contributions of each other in the creation and initial development of NLP." In the same document, "Dr. John Grinder and Dr. Richard Bandler mutually agree to refrain from disparaging each other's efforts, in any fashion, concerning their respective involvement in the field of NeuroLinguistic Programming." ("Release" reproduced as Appendix A of Whispering in the Wind by Grinder and Bostic St Clair (2001).

Bandler continues to lecture, consult and write books on NLP. Post-1980 much of Bandler's work revolved around the NLP concept of submodalities, i.e. "the particular perceptual qualities that may be registered by each of the five primary sensory modalities" [[3]]. Bandler independently developed Neuro-Sonics, Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning, Persuasion Engineering and Design Human Engineering.

Bandler's recent work has been characterised as making sophisticated use of metaphor, story-telling and such NLP devices as "nested loops", "anchoring" and "unconscious installation" [[4]].

Bandler currently teaches classes with co-trainer John La Valle and with English TV hypnotist Paul McKenna and Michael Breen.

On 27 February 2004 Paula Bandler -- Bandler's second wife -- died in Orlando, Florida.

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