"WHO?" she asked, incredulously.
"Lenin," I responded.
"JOHN LENNON?" she asked.
In my parallel universe, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was a major historical figure in the development of Communism:
V. I. Lenin
Postmodern constructionism holds that since nobody can ever really know what "truth" is (Just ask a philosopher!), everyone constructs his or her own reality, or parallel universe, in order to explain the facts of experience as he or she understands them. But as far as "truth" is concerned, therapists are as much in the dark about the ultimate nature of reality as anyone else.
If n client with esteem issues has one talent or skill that they can do extremely well, we can guide them to experience a parallel Universe in hypnosis where they really shine, and use that experience to alter the narrative of their life story in this one. I was recently working with a client who was going through several anxiety provoking stresses at the same time. She was also an excellent amateur gymnast, and she would probably have had great success if she had the means to compete at the national and international level. She responded extremely well to hypnosis.
She knew that she had done this in hypnosis, but it didn't seem to make any difference. We chatted for a while, and I jokingly mentioned that perhaps I should adopt the motto for our practice that some dance studios use, posting a sign outside which read, "Walk in, dance out." To my surprise, as I watched her leave the office and go down the hallway to the door at the far end, she was dancing!
She later told me that she had no more difficulties in facing her current stressors with resolution and courage.