chapter  7
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The Multiple Embedded Metaphor Framework

We define framework as an association of one or more related metaphors and bundles of experience that results in specific attitudes and influences perception. The rules of recombining experience that a person idiosyncratically

follows will be one result of the framework from which s/he operates. When a person is not able to associate (consciously or unconsciously) to mental mechanisms and experiences needed to function properly and enjoyably, psychological problems result. Altering or suspending the personal framework that is limiting a person facilitates the persons ability to entertain novel experiences. Haley, analyzing Erickson, wrote:

Therefore there must be a framework of helpful assistance, but within that framework there must be an avoidance of a direct demand for more "normal״ behavior . . . there must be a framework defining the relationship as one designed to induce change, and within that framework no direct request for a change but an acceptance of the person as he is (Haley, 1973, p. 125).