Richard Bandler



Richard Bandler is the father and co-founder with John Grinder of Neuro-Linguistic Programming as well as teacher of Master Sam Naples.

Richard Wayne Bandler was born February 24, 1950 in New Jersey, which is where he credits having developed his tenacious attitude. As a youth his family moved to San Francisco and he lived in the famed Chinatown area where he credits learning acupuncture and the martial arts. It was only natural for Bandler who grew up in the 60’s in San Francisco to be interested in rock and roll music and while in high school he became a successful musician in a rock band.

After graduating high school Richard who was interested in mathematics, computers and physics began attending school at the University of California in Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Richard Bandler got the opportunity to house sit for a psychiatrist who went off to India, “to find himself.” Richard got interested in the many books on psychology and psychiatry in the man’s book shelves and began reading about the workings of the mind.

Richard got hired to transcribe video’s of Fritz Perls, the famed founder of Gestalt Therapy for the book Eyewitness To Therapy, Science and Behavior Books, 1973. As Richard studied these therapy sessions he began to notice that there were linguistic patterns to what Perls did.

Famed couples therapist Virginia Satir, was living in the guest house of house Richard was living in (the author does not know if this is the same residence as stated above). He quickly became friends with Virginia and she often invited him to watch her do therapy. Again he noticed some of the same linguistic patterns that Perls used as well as some unique to Virginia. Bandler noticed that there seemed to be a great deal of fluff that the successful therapists used but that when they made changes the changes came quickly and easily.

Bandler began doing “gestalt” sessions at UCSC and it was during one of these sessions that Linguistic Professor John Grinder introduced himself to Richard. Grinder brought a linguistic perspective to the patterns that Richard had been noticing in the work of Perls and Satir.

During the early days of their work together, before they had come up with the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming they called what they were doing META and the Satir, Perls patterns became known as the Meta Model. The concepts of the meta-model were written about in the books Structure of Magic I and II.

Dr. Grinder introduced Richard Bandler to the husband of Margaret Mead, the famed anthropologist Gregory Bateson. Bateson’s theories of communication led to the NLP concepts of “meta-position”, “meta-communications”, ”meta-messages”, “verbal and none verbal incongruence,” “logical types” and “logical levels of communication.”

All of these concepts came to become part of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, but perhaps the greatest contribution Bateson made to NLP was when he introduced Bandler and Grinder to his friend Milton H. Erickson MD , who was the founder of The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Richard Bandler and John Grinder quantified the work of Erickson and that became known as the reverse meta-model or the Milton Model, which is described in the two books: Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, Volumes I & II.

Bandler was asked to work with a woman from Detroit who was schizophrenic and was convinced that she had killed both of her parents despite the fact that she was brought to Dr. Bandler by both of her parents as well as her doctor:

Bandler asked the young lady how she got there and she said that she flew there in a plain with two armed guards.

Then Bandler asked the doctor how they got there and the doctor said that they had driven there in the patients parents station wagon with her parents also in the car.

Bandler then hypnotized the doctor and asked him if him to remember how they got there and in trance he said yes. Then he asked the doctor if he could imagine the scenario the woman described with the armed guards and he asked him what was the difference between the two scenario’s? The doctor said that the memory of the real trip had a border around the image in his mind and the made up scenario of the plane trip had no border.

Bandler then hypnotized the woman and had her put a border around the real experience and asked her what the difference was. She replied that the image with the border was real and the image without the border was not. What Bandler had just done was discover Submodalities.

The Encyclopedia of NLP states that Dr. Bandler has focused much of his later work upon submodalities and the effects that changing them has upon the person’s experience. In addition to teaching Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Richard has also the developer and instructor of Design Human Engineering (DHE), Shamanic Human Engineering (SHE), Neuro Hypnotic Re-patterning and co-developer of Persuasion Engineering with John LaValle.

At the current time the author has personally studied NLP practitioner, NLP master practitioner, and Charisma Enhancement/Trainers Training from Dr. Bandler and John LaValle and has studied DHE from, the legendary Barbara Stepp, a master trainer who is the only person in the United States to be permitted to teach DHE besides Dr. Bandler himself.

Dr. Bandler has written many book both with John Grinder and alone. These books include:

Structure of Magic I (1975) Bandler and Grinder

Patterns of Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson I (1975)

Structure of Magic II (1976) Bandler and Grinder

Changing with Families (1976) Bandler, Grinder and Satir

Patterns of Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson II (1977) Bandler, Grinder, Judith DeLozier

Frogs Into Princes (1979) Bandler and Grinder

NLP Volume I (1980) Dilts, Grinder, Bandler and DeLozier

TranceFormations (1981)Bandler and Grinder

Reframing (1982) Bandler and Grinder

Using Your Brain for a Change (1986) Bandler

An Insiders Guide to Sub-modalities(1988) Bandler and McDonald

The Adventures of Anybody (1993) Bandler

Time for a Change (1993) Bandler

Persuasion Engineering (1996) Bandler and LaValle

Get the Life You Want (2008) Bandler

Richard Bandler’s Guide to Tranceformations (2008)

Conversations with Richard Bandler (2009) Richard Bandler and Owen Fitzpatrick

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