Explaining concepts and ideas to patients in analogies and metaphors, are a common practice in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I often explain to patients that “Feelings” are information in the same way that sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste give us information. It gives us information, albeit much more abstract perhaps.
If we can’t process our feelings, it will create problems, in the same way as if we can’t process our sight or hearing.
Psychoeducation is very important and easy to deliver in General Practice.