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Model Flexibility The characters in therapeutic stories are extremely creative, intuitive, and magical. They exhibit great flexibility and adaptability when dealing with problems. Thus, their actions encourage children to view and deal with their difficulties in novel and creative ways. The characters are able to transform situations magically. A prince who is bewitched into a frog infuriates a child in order to have his spell broken. An obvious impossible riddle is imposed upon the hero, yet by staying open to all possibilities, he finds the answer is whispered in the wind or spoken by a fool. The therapeutic story says to children, “Stay open to possibilities. The person with the answer to your problems may be the least likely person. Use your intuition. Take help from where it comes.” Listening to therapeutic stories encourages greater flexibility in viewing and managing life’s problems and difficulties.

Session 2 of therapeutic storytelling  

Session two