Storybook reading is now emerging as a critical component of Scottsdale family therapy. There are now quite a number of Scottsdale therapists who have observed positive results from appointments with individuals facing varied family issues. It is essential that we spend some time and understand some important principles that come into play when storytelling is adopted as a major element of the family therapy approach.
Storytelling when used for family therapy relays ideas and messages holistically. This effect enables the listeners to receive the message in a simple, logical manner and in one single flow.
Storytelling is considered as an age-old media used to express ideas and emotions. This type of communication is the native language which can be used with persons as young as two years of age. On the other hand, the abstract form of communication becomes effective only to individuals who are at least 8 years old.
This technique opens up the family to therapist in a way that allows him to sort out the elements in logical sequence out from a chaotic setting. This approach relates the individual to time and space, and the direction of the sequence of events becomes clearer which allows the therapist to deliver a more sensible idea or message. Family therapists want to deliver holistic realities once they adopt storytelling as an integral part of the therapy sessions as opposed to abstract method of communication which normally separates what needs to taught into fragments.
Abstract family therapy forces on our perceived time and space and sets its own framework and applies such mental framework to another individual. What happens to such type of therapy is that the person is limited to just two options- accepting or rejecting the idea relayed by the family therapist. With the abstract communication approach, one can only receive a yes-no, all or nothing type of confrontation. By contrast, storytelling comes out as a multidimensional encounter which encourages the listener to participate in activities and exercises with the family therapist. This narrative element of family therapy is more of a rhythmic dance rather than a communication struggle.
In addition to what has already been said, another thing that makes this so effective is that it allows the listener create a duplicate event in his own consciousness. This increases the possibility of acceptance more than the rejection that is normal seen in the abstract type of communication.
Another critical aspect of storytelling lies within our ability to reason thought from knowledge. We know more things than we actually believe we have and it is important to acknowledge the importance of tacit knowledge in the overall scheme of things.
Finally, abstract type of communication is most easily described as dry and dull because individuals have to struggle to it to reality. As living creatures with unique characteristics we are easily attached to things that are animate and are opposed to certain things like abstracted concepts. Individuals always consider the experience of storytelling as lively and entertaining. Its an effective way of getting people to accept ideas because they are presented explicitly by a competent family therapist.