ABSTRACT

Once upon a time, an admiring student gave Milton Erickson a present he cherished. It was a pillow embroidered \-vith the words: "God created man because He loves to tell stories."*

The pillow was too small to have footnotes. so we do not know whether the phrase meant that men are stories that God tells himself or men are the audience God needed to tell stories to; whether women are not stories or are not good listeners; or whether the pillow was embroidered before consciousness raising

transformed men into people. humans, or humankind. Could the message be an anticipation of the social constructivist movement so visible in the family therapy literature today, with a small addendum of Creationism for good measure? Or is it nothing of the sort, but merely an admiring homage to Milton Erickson's talent as a master storyteller?