Asthma Metaphor
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How to use metaphor with asthma

Asthma hypnosis

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Hypnotherapy for Asthma

This hypnotic script shows how to use a metaphor to give a child the resources to deal with asthma. The script carefully sets up expectations that a child can understand, puts the child into a stressful situation and then show how the child can overcome all the problems. Each problem has a relevance to the symptoms of the child's asthma. Using this indirect method teaches the child how to cope with the symptoms and prevent them becoming a problem.

The script shows how the healing metaphor is created so that it can be adapted to other stress related health problems.


A metaphor for asthma

The Snake Charmer


Target Metaphor Dialogue Comments
  I wonder if you know that I used to live in India? Set up magical place
  India is an amazing place. There are monkeys in the trees and elephants walking down the streets. Emphasis strangeness
  And in the streets and you can watch people juggling with swords and eating fire and spitting out big flames and getting tied up in chains and padlocks and escaping and everyone applauds and throws them money. Metaphor for strange abilities
  And there are snake charmers. They have a great big cobra, a real live snake, in a basket, right there in the street. And when the man takes the lid off the basket the snake wakes up and it rises out of the basket standing there angry and hissing and flicking its forked tongue… ready to bite anybody and all the people move back…  but the snake charmer plays a thing like a flute… and snake hears the music and with just the music the man makes it dance… this huge poisonous snake with two big fangs … sways from side to side while the man plays the music and when the music stops it goes to sleep again. Set up the story situation – a dangerous thing controlled by magic
  Metaphor of the problem  
Identity I used to know this boy who was there. Main character
  He was about your age and one day he was there and he didn’t notice that the snake charmer took the lid off the basket and the snake came out right next to the boy. Problem starts
  And the boy got such a fright he became afraid to go into the street and every time he had to go there he got this feeling of panic and a feeling in his chest like he couldn’t breathe. Match the boy's problem
  And he always worried that he might have to go there again. Even just thinking that maybe he would have to go there again made him feel breathless sometimes. Similar anxiety = metaphor
  And just thinking about the snake he always imagined it as cold and slimy and fierce and huge and he got really afraid to go into that street anymore. Similar Helplessness
  Metaphor for the cycle  
  Well the snake charmer heard about this and he wanted to help the boy. New resource = therapist
Behaviour He got the boy to come into the street and he showed him that the lid was on the basket so the boy could relax. Safe to look at the problem
  Then the man surprised him - he lifted the lid for just a second – and put it back on again. The boy saw the big snake sleeping inside but it was so quick that the snake did not have time to even move. Graduated exposure
  The man did this many times – lift, look, close – until the boy felt comfortable about it.  
Capability And then the boy got really brave. He asked the man if he could lift the lid himself. Finding resource
Capability And the snake charmer looked at him and said ‘Yes: you are old enough now to be able to do that’. Indirect suggestion
Behaviour So he copied what the man did – lift, look, close. And soon he was quite relaxed about it.  
  In fact he got quite too casual about it, and started showing off, and left the lid off too long and the snake rose right up in front of the boy. Sudden panic
  And the boy was so frightened that he felt his chest close up and it was hard to breathe and felt he might die of fright. Reminder of asthma
  Metaphor for the resources  
Rule But the snake charmer wouldn’t let that happen. Reassurance
  He took his flute and started playing again and the snake began to sway and then it went back into the basket. Demonstrate control
  And then the man said to the boy – Can you keep a secret? Resource
  And the boy said he would never tell the secret. Resource
  The man made sure there was nobody else around and then he whispered ‘It’s not the music that charms the snake back into the basket. Snakes are actually deaf’. Revelation of weakness
Capability To charm the snake, all I have to do is to move the end of the flute side to side and the snake follows, and when I move the end of it down the snake goes down. Secret ability
Identity And the boy learned that that great big snake wasn’t so strong after all, it couldn’t even hear, and it was so stupid that it would do whatever it was told. And the boy laughed about that. Giving superiority
Capability And after the boy knew that he was able to start to learn how to control the snake. Suggestion
Behaviour The man showed the boy how to lift the lid and move away… and when the snake rose up the man started playing the music and boy pretended to be playing the music along with him… and the boy started to breath in time with the music, he discovered that when he breathed out the snake would go down a bit, and then another gentle breath and the snake would go down a bit more...and pretty soon that boy could control the snake just by breathing. Metaphor for how to manage the panic feelings
Identity The man was really impressed. He said ‘You do that thing with your breathing so well. You could be a snake charmer yourself’. Reframing
  Metaphor of getting rid of the triggers  
  And you know that boy was never bothered by the snake again. He could run around in the street and often waved at the man and he even got a bit fond of the snake in the end. Problem resolved
  And when he grew up the snake got really old and it was too old to dance and too old to frighten anybody as well but they didn’t say that... so the boy and the man took it out to the countryside one day... and let it go. And it’s retired now. Let the problem go into extinction