Leslie Cameron-Bandler - Co-founding of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

Co-founding of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

MeSH D020557
  • Methods
  • Rep. systems
  • Richard Bandler
  • John Grinder
  • Robert Dilts
  • Steve Andreas
  • Stephen Gilligan

Bandler helped Robert Spitzer edit The Gestalt Approach (1973) based on a manuscript by gestalt therapist Fritz Perls (who had died in 1970). He also assisted with checking transcripts for Eye Witness to Therapy (1973). According to Spitzer, " came out of it talking and acting like Fritz Perls."

While a student at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Bandler also led a Gestalt therapy group. John Grinder, a professor at the University, said to Bandler that he could explain almost all of the questions and comments Bandler made using transformational grammar, Grinder's specialty in linguistics. They developed a model for therapy and called it the Meta-Model. This was the basis for their first book, The Structure of Magic (1975).

Bandler rented accommodation to Gregory Bateson. Bateson taught at UCSC, Kresge College as did Grinder, and had moved to a community on Alba Road near the Santa Cruz mountains community of Ben Lomond. Lomond would have a profound influence on Bandler's future, introducing him and Grinder to Milton Erickson; together, the three of them formed some of the foundational models for Neuro-linguistic programming. In 1975 Bandler formed his own company, Meta Publications, and released Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume I (1975).

Bandler and Grinder went on to author The Structure of Magic Volume II (1976), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume II (1977) and Changing With Families (1976), the latter of which was co-authored with Virginia Satir herself.

Bandler made a study of Moshe Feldenkrais, an Israeli physicist, martial artist and founder of the Feldenkrais school of body work, and published Feldenkrais's book, "The Elusive Obvious". Bandler's classes have included components of bodywork that he studied from Feldenkrais.

Since that time, Bandler's career has focused on developing and presenting NLP and related concepts as an author, publisher, public speaker and consultant. Audiences include individuals seeking life improvement and businesses using these concepts and techniques to improve sales.

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