The Power of Metaphor

Story telling & guided journeys for teachers, trainers & therapists

By: Michael Berman , David Brown


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Size: 234mm x 154mm
Pages : 216
ISBN : 9781899836437
Format: Paperback
Published: August 1999

This unique book combines the power of metaphor and the dynamics of story telling. Tracing techniques of story telling back to their original roots, it promotes a deep understanding of the uses of metaphor. Each story takes the form of a guided journey that leads the listener along an imaginative path. Each forms a script for an inspiring story session that will enhance the learning of its listeners.

Packed with original stories and visualisations this is a must-buy resource for teachers, trainers and therapists who are looking for new approaches to group work, or are simply story-telling enthusiasts.

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Michael Berman

Michael Berman PhD worked as a teacher and a writer. Publications included The Power of Metaphor for Crown House, The Nature of Shamanism and the Shamanic Story for Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Shamanic Journeys through the Caucasus for O-Books, and Journeys Outside Time for Pendraig Publishing, Tales of Power for Lear Books and Shamanic Journeys, Shamanic Stories for O Books. ELT titles included A Multiple Intelligences Road to an ELT Classroom, In a Faraway Land (a resource book for teachers on storytelling), On Business and for Pleasure (a self-study workbook). and ELT Matters (written with Mojca Belak and Wayne Rimmer).

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David Brown

David Brown is a psychotherapist and administrator of Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. He was an EFL teacher for many years and was Principal of the International Language Academy in Bournemouth from 1990 to 2001. He has degrees in Psychology and Linguistics and diplomas in TEFL counselling and psychotherapy. He regularly leads psychospiritual workshops (


  1. This book was nothing like I was expecting and pleasantly surprised to see the content of the book being towards connecting with the 'spirit of the earth' predominantly through the Native American Indian teachings. These type of stories that demonstrate the universal nature of principles and concepts are valuable whether they are used within class rooms or within circles that encourage 'spirituality'.

    People definitely learn through stories because it engages the imagination and it is known that geniuses think in pictures, so stories encourage people to engage their genius potential.

    This book would be very powerful if it had an audio accompaniment as stories are essentially auditory in nature and listening to the tape whilst also reading would definitely make the learning of the concepts of each metaphorical story that much more powerful.

    However, the guided visualizations are great ways to engage the whole brain and to allow a person to transcend the bustling agitated beta brain waves into an alpha relaxed state of awareness, thereby opening their own minds and bodies to better learning.
  2. “Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived an enormous giant. He was at least ten feet tall, with a mane of red hair and a beard, and in his hand he carried a mighty axe-¦”

    Did the above grab your attention? Actually, it captivates and enthrals the majority of us. We are in love with stories. This love affair started when we were babies. And it waxes stronger as we grow older. This is why we troop to the cinema daily. It is the reason we spend endless hours watching soaps on TV. It is the reason why -˜The Sun' and the -˜News of the World' are the biggest selling newspapers in the UK. We even take it further, when we have not heard enough stories during our waking hours, we search for some more in our sleep, we call those dreams.

    Story telling is an effective vehicle to deliver messages to the subconscious where the -˜aha's of change take place. Stories and metaphors work together. They are so powerful because metaphors parallel life; the story is dynamic because it captivates. Their combination activates in the listener's subconscious and the message is better absorbed. It has been suggested that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps we can regard metaphors as being worth a thousand pictures. (I am not good with maths so I'll let you to do the sums yourselves!)

    In The Power of Metaphor you have a great tool to help clients understand their situation better. The seventeen chapters in the book give you ideas and examples of ways to use metaphors on such life issues such as: fear; leaving the past behind; taking control; rising above limitations; reconciliation; differentiating between needs and wants etc.

    Friends, make yourself the coach everybody wants to hire, build your repertoire of metaphors, buy, read and use this wonderful book to unleash the power within your clients! May the wisdom of old dwell with and enrich your reservoir of metaphors.

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