Stories and Sayings as Aids for Changing One’s Perspective
Positive Family Therapy uses stories, fables, and myths. One experience that corresponds to stories in many ways is the dream. It is a very personal story whose meaning and significance are not immediately apparent, but hidden in symbols. While the dream represents an individual mythology, stories and sayings are collective mythologies. They, too, contain symbols and hidden information. They originate not in the individual preconscious working through of conflicts, but in the tradition of the society that produces them. The goal of therapeutic stories is not so much moral teaching, but the imaginary association with a model situation. Stories thus fulfill a number of functions.
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