In the last few blogs I have been talking about metaphors. In the last blog I talked about the journey from present state to desired state. This is the underlying basis of NLP.
In terms of metaphors one of the most important things to consider is creating a story that doesn’t directly relate to the client’s experience – if there is conscious connection, then the meaning will be obvious and the person may just take the story as advice.
So the metaphor needs to be isomorphic, where the characters and situations are displaced with characters in the story that symbolise the issues with the client.