NLP首创于本世纪七十年代早期。当时语言学家约翰·葛林德（John Grinder）和身兼数学家、心理治疗师和电脑专家的理查·班德勒（Richard Bandler）二人，研究了以下三位能够持续创造人类行为杰出改变的顶尖大师所用的方法：密尔顿·艾瑞克森（Dr. Milton H. Erickson）博士，有史以来最伟大的催眠治疗师；维琴尼亚·萨提
亚（Virginia Satir），杰出的家族治疗师，她解决人际关系问题的能力，似乎是无人能及的；格利葛利·拜特森（Gregory Bateson），英国的人类学家，他除了本身就是成就的楷模外，还对葛林德和班德勒这两位NLP创造者的早期作品有极大的影响。
Richard Wayne Bandler (born February 24, 1950) is an American author on personal development.
Richard Bandler is a co-founder with John Grinder of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. A student of mathematics, Richard 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.
Richard 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.
Richard is an author and co-author of numerous other books on NLP and its applications, including Frogs Into Princes (1979), NLP Volume I (1980), Tranceformations (1981), Reframing (1982), Using Your Brain (1985), An Insider's Guide to Sub-Modalities (1988), The Adventures of Anybody (1993), Time For a Change (1993) and Persuasion Engineering(1996).
Much of Richard's later work in NLP has focused on applications of submodalities, the subtle distinctions one can make in one's sensory experience and internal representations. His background as a musician and his interest in sound theory and the neurological impact of sound lead him to develop the area of Neuro-Sonics, which utilizes qualities of music and sound to create specific internal states. Richard is also the founder of the model and techniques of Design Human Engineering (DHE).
In addition to his creative genius, Richard is known for his sense of humor, his ability to use sophisticated language patterns, and his dynamic training style.
Bandler, Richard & John Grinder (1975a). The Structure of Magic I: A Book About Language and Therapy. Palo Alto, CA: Science & Behavior Books.
Bandler, Richard & John Grinder (1975b). The Structure of Magic II: A Book About Communication and Change. Palo Alto, CA: Science & Behavior Books.
Grinder, John, Richard Bandler (1976). Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume I. Cupertino, CA :Meta Publications..
John Grinder, Richard Bandler, Judith Delozier (1977). Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume II. Cupertino, CA :Meta Publications..
John Grinder, Richard Bandler (1979). Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming. Moab, UT: Real People Press.. pp. 194pp.
Grinder, John; Richard Bandler; Connirae Andreas (Ed.) (1981). Trance-Formations: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis. Moab, UT: Real People Press.
Grinder, John and Richard Bandler (1983). Reframing: Neurolinguistic programming and the transformation of meaning. Moab, UT: Real People Press.
Using Your Brain for a Change, 1985
Magic In Action, 1992
Time for a Change, 1993
Richard Bandler (1993). The Adventures of Anybody. Meta Publications. pp. 96pp.
Persuasion Engineering - 1996
Richard Bandler, Owen Fitzpatrick (2005). [- Conversations: Freedom Is Everything and Love Is All the Rest]. Mysterious Publications. pp. -288pp.
Richard Bandler (21 August 2008). [- Get The Life You Want: The Secrets to Quick and Lasting Life Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming]. HCI. pp. -229.
Richard Bandler (2008). [- Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation: How to harness the power of hypnosis to ignite effortless and lasting change]. HCI. pp. -331.
Richard Bandler. Make Your Life Great.