- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (March 22, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471395897
- ISBN-13: 978-0471395898
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"George Burns' 101 Healing Stories: Using metaphors in Therapy willreignite the spirit that can enhance everyone's commitment to helppeople help themselves."
"For anyone planning (or even considering) the implementation ofmetaphors in healing, this book is a must-read. It provides acomprehensive look at the topic -- in a very user friendly style."(Brian Alman, Ph.D., author of The Six Steps To Freedom,Self-Hypnosis, and Thin Meditations
I was captivated by this book from the Introduction to the finalpage. George Burns is a rarity. He is not only a masterstoryteller, he is able to do what few artists blessed with adisciplined genius can do. He can describe what he did and why hedid it.
This book is like taking a master course in metaphor andtherapeutic storytelling, complete with suggested exercises toindividualize and expand the learning. The format of the bookfollows the traditional teaching model that makes learning easier:Tell what you are going to do, do it, then describe what youdid. The book is divided into three parts: [An overview of ]Metaphor Therapy, Healing Stories, and Creating Your OwnMetaphors.
Since I supervise and teach students and interns and conductworkshops for licensed mental health professionals, I decided totake the book out for a "test drive" and used this book as the coreof my training for a semester.
I started with the format found in the introduction. Unlike mostbooks, I found the Introduction section crucial to the reading of101 Healing Stories. It outlines not only how one was to usethe book, but how to approach the creation, development, andpresentation of therapeutic stories. In my class, this outline wasinvaluable for those students who found the task of therapeuticmetaphor initially daunting. It outlined the process they wereabout to experience in small, reasonable, easily understood steps.It also reminded the more seasoned therapists of Erickson'sadmonition of the need to create metaphors for the individualclient, rather than just apply a predetermined intervention to adiagnostic category. In that same way, the Introduction presents anopen mindset for the reader to experience the stories as examplesand stimuli rather than as stock stories to indiscriminately injectinto clients.
Part One, Metaphor Therapy, presents the rationale and usesof storytelling. It succinctly lists Ten Guidelines forEffective Storytelling including Six Guidelines for theStoryteller's Voice. These guidelines were very helpful for mybeginning students and nice reminders that the more seasonedtherapists could review.
Part Two, Healing Stories, contained ten examples each often general goals of Healing Stories: Enhancing Empowerment,Acquiring Acceptance, Reframing Negative Attitudes, ChangingPatterns of Behavior, Learning from Experience, Attaining Goals,Cultivating Compassion, Developing Wisdom, Caring for yourself,and Enhancing Happiness. Each of the stories was preceded byan outline of its therapeutic characteristics: ProblemsAddressed, Resources Developed and Outcomes Offered.This format makes it easy to teach and to learn. By listing thetherapeutic characteristics prior to telling the story andreviewing the therapeutic characteristics afterwards, the patternof the development of therapeutic stories (described in Part threeof the book) becomes evident. The stories themselves aredelightful. They are filled with humor and insight.
Part Three is Creating Your Own Metaphors. It includesHow to Do It and How Not to Do It and Using the PRO-Approach toCreate Your Own Healing Stories. These sections are astructured review of what is intuitively suggested in Part Two. Ifound this very useful in translating the intuitive feelings thatwere stimulated by the story formats into concrete story-makingskills. The students were able to follow the suggestions and easilygenerated their own stories. Part Three ends with Story 101. Thisis a wonderful story that is worth the price of the book. Itcombines the essence of Erickson with the heat of Burns.
The book concludes with a significant list of References AndProfessional Literature On Metaphors. These include folktales,cross-cultural myths, legends, stories for children, religious andspiritual stories, videotapes and internet websites. This sectionreminded me of Erickson's observation that it was well and good fora therapist to trust his unconscious, but the unconscious needs tobe fed regularly. Burns truly provides more than enough nutritionto keep the unconscious well fed.
My test ride of the book was a resounding success. Both thebeginning students and seasoned therapists loved the content andformat of 101 Healing Stories. They found it easy tounderstand, entertaining and they were able to create their ownstories that heal. If you want to develop your storytelling skillsto the level of an art, I can recommend no finer book. And, it is agood read!! (Review by Richard Landis)
"George W. Burns is indeed a master in the art of using storiesfor healing purposes." (Metapsychology Review, January2003)
"This is George Burn's best book yet. He leverages years ofprofessional therapist experience to help individuals uncoverinsightful and practical solutions to the everyday life challengesencountered in the real world. The stories and metaphors hit themark again and again." --Dr. Brian Alman, Author ofSelf-Hypnosis, Six Steps to Freedom and Thin Meditations