Present Your Metaphors

If there is a basic, simple suggestion for working with metaphors, it is this: Plan from the Outcome, and present from the Problem. When I am structuring a metaphor in my mind during a therapy session, jotting it down on paper for the next therapy session, or thinking about it as I drive to work, I plan the Outcome first, the Resources second, and the Problem last. As I tell it to the child, however, I begin with the Problem, follow with the Resources that the character develops and utilizes, and conclude with the Outcome.

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