Monday, 26 May 2008

Using Metaphors in NLP and Therapy - Book Recommendations

The word metaphor is derived from the Greek and literally means "to carry across". A metaphor makes a comparison and way of describing a situation which helps the listener to see a situation in a new light. In NLP metaphors are used "to chunk sideways", moving the listener from one context to another. This can be in therapy or coaching, in group training situations or in management.

As Nick Owen describes in his book The Magic of Metaphor,
"Metaphors are not simply poetic or rhetorical embellishments, but powerful devices for shaping perception and experience."

Using metaphors in therapy may take years of practice so the following books are excellent sources of reference and ideas. Just follow the links to buy them from Amazon:

Antonia Harrison is an English Hypnotherapist in Belgium

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