Stories are all around us and are part of the way in which we understand our environment and experience. Authentic storytelling happens when stories are told from the imagination person to person. All successful psychotherapy and counselling involves or includes storytelling and the appropriate use of metaphor, tapping into the natural way our brains work.
Storytelling is an ancient art and no explanation nor direct statement of a story’s meaning can substitute for the way it acts on the hearer’s mind.
Stories can help bypass rigid views about life, enhancing the listener’s flexibility of thought, and by suspending ordinary constraints, they help people reclaim optimism whilst fueling their imaginations with the energy necessary to attain goals.