Richard Bandler

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Richard Wayne Bandler
Richard Bandler
Born(1950-02-24) February 24, 1950 (age 64)
United States
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Richard Wayne Bandler
Richard Bandler
Born(1950-02-24) February 24, 1950 (age 64)
United States

Richard Wayne Bandler (born February 24, 1950) is an American author and trainer in the field of self-help. He is best known as the co-creator (with John Grinder) of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), a methodology intended to understand and change human behavior-patterns. He also developed other systems named Design Human Engineering (DHE) and Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning (NHR).

Education and background[edit]

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.[1]

Co-founding of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)[edit]

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).[2] According to Spitzer, "[Bandler] came out of it talking and acting like Fritz Perls."[3]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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.

Trial and Acquittal for Murder of Roommate and Accountant[edit]

On November 3, 1986 Corine Christensen, Bandler's roommate and accountant, also a prostitute whom he frequently "sold" to his VIP friends in the army and intelligence communities, was also the girlfriend of his friend and cocaine dealer, James Marino,[5] was shot dead in her townhouse with a .357 magnum owned by Bandler. He was charged with her murder. Bandler testified that he had been at Christensen's house and was unable to stop James Marino, his friend and cocaine dealer, from shooting her in the face. In a virtually unprecedented set of circumstances, the Judge in the case was repeatedly quoted by the local paper over a six month period repeatedly stating that "The only thing beyond a reasonable doubt was that 'ONE OF THE MEN' in his courtroom was guilty of murder." It is believed that the intelligence agencies Bandler was closely associated with helped orchestrate this situation which was largely responsible for Bandler's subsequent acquittal of the murder charge. [6] He was acquitted after five and a half hours of deliberation.[7] Her death remains unsolved. Bandler owned several guns and it is a well known fact that he had pulled a gun on a psychiatrist during a therapy session in order to "motivate" him. This was witnessed by dozens of students, some of whom considered it an "act of genius." It is widely believed that Brad Pitt's character in the movie Fight Club where he pulls a gun on a young man and tells him if he doesn't start following his dreams within two weeks he will shoot him was derived from this incident with Bandler and the psychiatrist/patient.

Other works[edit]

Since the early 1980s when Grinder and Bandler stopped working together, Bandler has developed several trademarked techniques which he calls Design Human Engineering, and Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning. Bandler says that these technologies differ significantly from NLP, claiming that they are more direct and effective as interventions.[citation needed] Other works since that time include Using Your Brain for a Change (1985), Magic in Action (1992) Time for a Change (1995), Persuasion Engineering (1996) (co-author John LaValle) The Adventures of Anybody (1993), and Conversations (2005) (co-author Owen Fitzpatrick). As of 2011 Richard Bandler continues to deliver seminars in NLP, NHR and DHE.[8]


Audio publications[edit]

Audio programs


Video publications[edit]

Some videos have no mention of date on them.

Videos with Richard Bandler in them.


  1. ^ Clancy, Frank; Yorkshire, Heidi (1989). "THE BANDLER METHOD". AMERICAN BUDDHA ONLINE LIBRARY. Mother Jones Magazine. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ The Gestalt Approach and Eye Witness to Therapy (1973) ISBN 0-8314-0034-X
  3. ^ Spitzer, R. (1992) Virginia Satir and the Origins of NLP, Anchor Point, 6(7)
  4. ^ John Grinder & Carmen Bostic St. Clair, (2001) Whispering in the Wind. C&J Enterprises.
  5. ^
  6. ^ The Bandler Method Mother Jones. 1989. Retrieved via, January 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Psychotherapist Not Guilty In Prostitute's Murder, Jury Finds. Los Angeles Times. January 29, 1988.
  8. ^ See NLP Life Training

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