Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling

`Metaphors in Mind` describes how to do the latter and how to give individuals the opportunity to discover how their symbolic perceptions are organised.

Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling ISBN: 978-0953875108

Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling

By James Lawley and Penny Tompkins

RRP: £17.95


Crown House | press@crownhouse.co.uk

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What do you do as a therapist, teacher, doctor or manager when your client, student, patient or colleague says “It’s like hitting my head against a brick wall”, “I’ve got a knot in my stomach” or “I’m looking for the right path to take?” Do you ignore the metaphorical nature of their communication? Or do you take their metaphors as an accurate description of their way of being in the world and ask questions within the logic of the information - without introducing any metaphors of your own?

`Metaphors in Mind` describes how to do the latter and how to give individuals the opportunity to discover how their symbolic perceptions are organised, what needs to happen for these to change, and how they can transform as a result.


A book to help create the language your client needs to hear


The subtitle "Transformation through symbolic modelling" sets the expectation for this book with the use of technical words throughout. The book's structure makes it easy to use to deep in and out of.

As I was drawn into understanding the power of clean language I was struck by how this reflects my coaching sessions. When not imposing my model of the world on my clients they get a more powerful understanding of theirs.

The book takes you on a journey through the simplicity of the five developing questions and four moving time questions of clean language. You can simply stop at this point and experience the power of these questions to create change and reflection.

When you are ready you can continue your journey through the chapters to build on your use of clean questions to help your clients find the answers.

The extensive use of transcripts from sessions to draw out the use and impact of the questions brings alive the text and helps embed the learning.

The language in the book is technical and academically focussed which creates a barrier for the average person to access.

Overall it is a reference book I will refer to many times in the future.


The Clean Language Manual

I'd say this was a reference book rather than 'a good read'. I'm glad to have it on my shelves. I'm not a Clean Language practitioner, and that's why I find it useful for looking up key concepts.


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