Reframing is a powerful change stratagem. It changes our perceptions, and this may then affect our actions. But does changing our symbolic representation of the real world actually change anything in the real world itself?
My starting point for understanding reframing (and creativity) comes from a key quote from Kolb.
"In resolving the dialectic conflicts between value and fact, meaning and relevance, integrity is the master value … wisdom the protector of fact and meaning, justice the protector of fact and relevance, courage the protector of relevance and value, and love the protector of value and meaning. These … virtues … instruct us to create, not adjust." [D. Kolb, Experiential Learning (Englewood Cliffs NJ, Prentice-Hall, 1984) pp 227-8]
For more discussion, see the attached presentation.