Richard Bandler is the unconventional co-creator of NLP. Together with John Grinder in the early 70’s, he modeled Virginia Satir – Family Therapy, Fritz Perls (father of gestalt therapy) and later Milton Erickson – Legendary Hypnotherapist and developed a model of communication known as the Meta Model.
His early background was in theoretical psychology, mathematics, computing and also sound engineering. As would be expected, this gave him a very different perspective on the world from John.
After a not too pleasant split from John Grinder, together with legal arguments over the intellectual property of NLP, he has developed Design Human Engineering(tm) and Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning(tm). Research and use of submodality patterns seems to be the dominant theme in his work.
He has been described variously as intimidating, arrogant, funny and also a dynamic genius. He is certainly a very colorful personality.
Part 1 and 2 of Bandler treating a fear of flying and claustrophobia
His books include:
Frogs into Princes – Neuro Linguistic Programming(see my summary)
Trance-Formations: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis.
Reframing: Neurolinguistic programming and the transformation of meaning
Using Your Brain for a Change
Magic In Action
Time for a Change
The Adventures of Anybody
Persuasion Engineering (with John La Valle) – see my summary
Co-authored with John Grinder
The Structure of Magic I: A Book About Language and Therapy.
The Structure of Magic II: A Book About Communication and Change.
Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume I.
Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume II. (also with Judith DeLozier)
Changing with Families: a book about further education for being human (also with Virginia Satir)
(These five books formed the basis of NLP)
And finally, Bandler on What is NLP?