Article published in:Metaphor in Mental Healthcare
Edited by Dennis Tay
[Metaphor and the Social World 10:2] 2020
► pp. 214–232
Strategies for using metaphor in psychological treatment
In most models of psychotherapy metaphor is considered an important aspect of communication. At the same time there is a need for a rationale to tell the clinician with what purpose and how to use metaphor for the benefit of the client. The present article suggests such principles, specifically based on a behavioral approach to human language, relational frame theory (RFT). This approach has co-developed with a specific model of psychotherapy: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and the conclusions in this article are very much in line with that model. Overlap between RFT and a recent linguistic theory of metaphor, the dynamic approach, is also discussed.
- 2.Relational frame theory
- 2.1Relational frame theory and metaphor
- 2.2Relational frame theory and psychological treatment
- 3.The joint venture of rule-following and self-awareness
- 4.The blessing and the curse
- 5.The remedy to “the dark side of the force”
- 6.Why metaphor?
- 7.Introducing metaphor to train psychological flexibility
- 8.Catching metaphors to train psychological flexibility
- 9.Metaphor, co-operation and building therapeutic alliance
- 10.Concluding remarks
Published online: 13 November 2020
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