Richard Bandler is a co-founder with John
Grinder of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
As a student of mathematics, Bandler began
studying the work of Gestalt therapy founder Fritz Perls
when he was asked to edit transcripts of Perls' lectures
and workshops for the book Eyewitness To Therapy (1973)
for Science and Behavior Books. He also began to work with
family therapist Virginia Satir at this time.
Bandler met John Grinder, a linguistics
professor, as a student at the University of California
at Santa Cruz. In 1974 Bandler and Grinder began to make
a model of the language patterns used by Perls, Satir and
Hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson, which they published
in their books:
- The Structure of Magic Volumes I & II (1975, 1976),
- Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson,
Volumes I & II (1975, 1977) and
- Changing With Families (1976).
These books formed the foundation of the field
of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
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