August 26, 2011

5 Metaphors of the solution-focused approach

Metaphors are literary figures of speech that use an image, story or tangible thing to represent a less tangible thing or some intangible quality or idea. Metaphors can help to facilitate the understanding of concepts by  relating them to more familiair concepts and images. The solution-focused literature has used several  metaphors, too. Here are five examples:
  1. Leading the client from one step behind (Cantwell and Holmes, 1994; De Jong and Berg, 2008) (more)
  2. Building a bridge between past success and future success (de Shazer, 1994) (more)
  3. The death of resistance (de Shazer, 1984) (more)
  4. The EARS model (Berg and Reuss, 1995) (more)
  5. Leave no footprints in clients' lives (Berg, see George et al., 1999) (more)
Question: do you know any more solution-focused metaphors? Can you make up a new useful metaphor?

Update: Metaphors relevant to the solution-focused approach sent in by readers:


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