The Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming

By: R. Frank Pucelik , John Grinder


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Size234mm x 156mm
PublishedApril 2013

Edited by John Grinder and Frank Pucelik, the book’s contributors include: Robert Dilts, Stephen Gilligan, Judith Delozier, Byron Lewis, Terry McClendon (author of the first history of NLP, The Wild Days).

The Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming brings together the recollections and thoughts of some of the main protagonists from the very early days of NLP. In 1971 Richard Bandler and Frank Pucelik were students at Kresege College at the University of California Santa Cruz. They had a strong mutual interest in Gestalt Therapy, Frank because of his traumatic time in Vietnam and because he had been working with some disaffected and drug-addicted kids, and Richard because he had been working with Science and Behavior Books on transcribing and editing Fritz Perls’ seminal work, The Gestalt Approach and Eyewitness to Therapy.

They started a local gestalt group and ran 2-3 sessions a week collaborating and experimenting with the language of therapy. They started achieving some brilliant results but were having problems transferring their skills to others and so Richard invited one of their college professors, John Grinder, to observe what they were doing in order that he would, hopefully, be able to de-construct what they were doing that was so effective. John was a professor of Linguistics and was instantly impressed with the work that they were doing. He was able to add more structure and in due course the three of them formalised what is now known as the Meta Model. NLP was born.

John and Frank and each of the other contributors give their own personal account of this period of collaboration when something magical was happening in northern California. Of particular interest is the role Gregory Bateson played, particularly in bringing John and Richard together with Milton H Erickson.

An extremely insightful and riveting read for anyone interested in NLP.

Picture for author R. Frank  Pucelik

R. Frank Pucelik

R. Frank Pucelik, Ph.D. is widely recognised as one of the world's finest trainers in interpersonal communication and success strategies for change. His zest and profound skills also make him one of the most entertaining presenters in the field of Meta communication today.

After leaving Santa Cruz with several of the original NLP research team in 1976, Frank established META Institute and META International in San Diego California. These organisations provided consulting, training, and seminars in the US and Europe through the mid 80s. After a number of very successful management consulting and training programs conducted in Russia and the Ukraine (some sponsored by the Peace Corps USAID program) Frank relocated to that part of the world where, in addition to continuing to work with business management, he set up and directed drug treatment programs, for young people, and now has six centers in Russia and the Ukraine. Currently President of the Pucelik Consulting Group, the company has its headquarters in Odessa, Ukraine. Yearly, Mr. Pucelik and the PCG staff consultants train over 2,000 middle and top managers of client companies throughout the Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Turkey, Poland, and the Baltics.

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John Grinder

Co-developer of NLP John Grinder has been teaching and training in the field for over 30 years. His books include the classic The Structure of Magic Volumes I & II and Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, Volumes I & II (with Richard Bandler), and more recently Whispering in the Wind (with Carmen Bostic St. Clair). John now teaches New Code NLP, developed originally with Judith Delozier and more recently with Carmen Bostic St Clair. The New Code streamlines and brings significant enhancements to the now thirty year old Classic Code of NLP. John makes his home in the Santa Cruz mountains of central California and his passions include acquisition of foreign languages (he's presenting working on the 9th one), training and riding Arabian horses, and rock and ice climbing.


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