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John Grinder

John Thomas Grinder (Detroit, Michigan, 10 January 1940)

John Grinder is an American NLP trainer, linguist and researcher who with Richard Bandler developed the methodology Neuro Linguïstisch Programmeren (NLP).

John Grinder At the beginning of the 60’s Grinder studied anglistiek at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). There, but also later in his academic career, he worked on Noam Chomsky's transformational grammar, specializing in syntax.

At the beginning of the 70’s Grinder worked in George A. Miller’s laboratory at the Rockefeller University in New York City and was appointed assistant professor of linguistics at the UCSC.

In 1972 he was approached by the psychology student Richard Bandler, who led a Gestalt study group, to participate as a supervisor. Bandler had spent a lot of time writing out recordings of Fritz Perls, one of the founders of Gestalt. In passing, he had learned Gestalt. So he started to investigate (together with Richard) in the first place and in particular non-verbal communication.

After investigating Fritz Perls, they researched family therapist Virginia Satir, and later the hypnosis researcher in psychology Milton H. Erickson. Bandler and Grinder modeled the various cognitive behavioral patterns of these therapists and published this in 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).

Check out his video or read more about John Grinder on his website.

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