History of NLP (Part 2)

Around the same time, the saying goes that Grinder and Bandler began running a psychology course where they taught their approaches to therapy. This was known (informally by students) as “Dr Grinder’s Mind-Fuck 101” The course was eventually discontinued by the University on the grounds that it constituted unauthorized experimentation on and with human subjects.
It continued informally as a series of training seminars (for therapists) which were attended by Robert Dilts, Judith DeLozier (who later married Grinder), Leslie Cameron (who later married Bandler), David Gordon and Steve Gilligan amongst others. John O Stevens and Connierae Andreas took tapes of the Bandler-Grinder sessions and edited them into the brilliant volumes known as “Frogs into Princes” (1979), “Trance-Formations” (1981) and ”Re-framing” (1982). John O. Stevens later became better known as Steve Andreas when he married Connirae.

Working together and experimenting (with abandon and large doses of creativity) on each other, their friends and occasional passers by, this group began to come up with ideas, insights, and techniques which explained or reproduced the results that people get. It was from this research that field of NLP grew with discoveries such as anchoring, sensory acuity, calibration, re-framing, representational systems, and the two Language Models. Many of the personal change techniques such as the New Behavioral Generator and Change Personal History were also discovered here. During this time in the group was involved in extremely adventurous exploration, sometimes being downright irresponsible. There are stories of Bandler and Grinder giving phobias to unsuspecting people in shopping malls, and Gilligan putting waitresses into momentary trances while they were taking his order. Leslie Cameron spent one weekend in deep trance identification with Satir which left her with a totally different, softer voice, her strong Oklahoma accent almost completely gone. It is also said that  around this time that Bandler also coined the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

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