Hypnosis Metaphor Therapy Techniques
Metaphor therapy is easy to use and very powerful. Metaphor therapy is really effective when combined with hypnosis. This section of Key Hypnosis is a guide to all the different Metaphor Techniques and how to use metaphor therapy for personal transformation. This page has a definition of metaphor, examples, free hypnotic induction scripts, healing stories, and other hypnotherapy techniques.
Metaphor therapy comes in two basic forms: telling stories, and exploring the metaphors that are used to make sense of the world. Story telling is as old as society and has been used for thousands of years. Stories pass on cultural traditions, connect isolated events, reframe experience and open up inner resources to solve emotional issues.
Human beings are biologically wired to recognise patterns: finding and understanding patterns is how we make sense of the world around us. Chatting, playing, telling stories is how we go about learning these patterns. A good story can influence on many levels. Healing stories amuse the listener on one level but also work at the level of the unconscious. It highlights similarities between their life and the things in the story, and suggests how their own problems can be fixed the way things were fixed in the story.
Healing Metaphor scripts
Healing Stories are how therapy is done subconsciously. Healing stories are actually therapy by stealth. You tell a person a story and as it unfolds their mind searches for meaning, for ways that the story might be relevant to their situation. When you repeat or create a story that has strong parallels with their own situation the listener will pay particular attention, looking for patterns within the story that show how to succeed. A good story will be disguised but will follow the structure of the situation very closely. The closer the story is to the actual situation, the more likely it is that the person's mind will find the parallel and act on it. These scripts show how creative metaphor can be used in hypnosis to create a change through reframing. The client imagines how it would be to be in the story situation, experiences the action as though it was happening to them, and feels the relief of escaping. This then works for them unconsciously and causes them to change without really noticing.
Bridge to Freedom
The Catalogue of Magic
Fear of Failure
Spiritual Healing Metaphor
Store of Memories
Think outside the box
Active Metaphor Therapy Techniques
Learn Metaphor Therapy
Every hypnotist needs to learn how to use at least one active metaphor technique. This section shows in detail how to use these powerful methods of exploring the personal way that clients experience their world. No one can experience the world as it actually is, we all build our experience by comparing what we don't know to what we do know. The things that we choose to compare to have a subtle influence how we understand the world and everything in it.
In hypnosis clients can recognize and describe the images and sensations they are using as unconscious metaphors, and by actively helping them change what they see and feel internally, you allow them to change how they think, feel and act in the real world.
Metaphor Therapy Clean Language Focusing Technique Multiple Embedded Metaphor
NLP Metaphor Therapy
NLP works on patterns and to change those patterns in different ways. Many NLP methods are actually based on metaphor. Knowing how metaphor works allows you interact more effectively with clients.
NLP Anchoring Technique
NLP Anchoring Script
NLP Six Step Reframe Script
What is a Metaphor?
'a metaphor is something that stands for something else'.
Definition of Metaphor
A metaphor is a figure of speech, a literary device where a statement containing one obvious literal meaning is applied to something in a different context. Good metaphors are vivid, brief and insightful. A metaphor always contains at least two parts - the thing stated and the thing compared to - so a metaphor always communicates on at least two levels, the face value meaning, and a symbolic meaning.
'The essence of metaphor is understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another' (Lakoff & Johnson, 2003, p5).
Consider the example 'You had better pull your socks up'. This is not making a comment about how somebody is dressed: it is suggesting that the listener needs to do something about their present situation. The speaker gets their point across through generating a vivid image in a minimum number of words. Because it is image based, the metaphor allows the speaker to imply certain things without actually saying them: that the person is in some ways like a child; that the speaker stands in relation to that person as an adult does to a thoughtless child; that the shortcomings are immediate and obvious; that the problem is easily fixed; and many more.
The words create an image in the listener's mind, but that image is the result of a complex mental process. In order to make sense of the words, words that on the surface make no sense, the listener has to search their memory for parallel experiences to 'pulling the socks up', and would have found something, or possibly many things, that match various aspects of the suggested image. In accessing those things the mind simultaneously accesses resources or lessons associated with them.
Metaphors can be verbal or non verbal. A metaphor can be obvious: for example "I feel like I'm dragging a great weight around with me" or they can be hidden in sensory expressions such as "I don't know why I keep punishing myself this way". It can express an abstract concept such as "I feel a song in my soul heart".
Non verbal metaphors include 'body' expressions such as body language, posture, dress, sounds, gestures, lines of sight. Non verbal metaphors also include 'artistic' communication such as painting, writing, music, dance, play, drama, ritual and many others. Every form of communication has its own form of metaphor. This is why metaphor therapy is found in every culture.
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