Parables and Paradigms

  • Theodore Wasserman
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman


Therapists use parables, stories, and examples in many different ways. NCLT uses them to assist learning and provide practice samples. Clients often find it easier to apply new meaning to emotionally neutral material before they apply it to the emotionally laden material that brought them to treatment. Parables often contain an element of humor which also serves to engage the clients in the learning process. Parables are useful because they work with how the brain is programmed to learn and retain information. Your brain is programmed to recognize patterns of information. In fact, one of the initial steps in learning is, after the identification of the new information, the classification of that new material within existing patterns of information. Stories provide an important way of scaffolding new information around newly created schemes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Wasserman
    • 1
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
    • 1
  1. 1.Wasserman and Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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