Monday, July 5, 2021
Using metaphors to help our patients understand abstract ideas and concepts around mental health
One of the great things about Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is that it’s flexible. It also encourages us to be creative in our processes and solutions.
One of those creative processes is in the use of metaphors.
In ACT, we use metaphors as “metaphoric truths” to help folks wrap their minds around more abstract ideas in order to navigate their lives.
I sometimes use the metaphor of a burger (for burger lovers). If it’s pasta, use pasta. If the quality of your life is represented by the quality of the burger, the individual ingredients are your values, beliefs, internal rules and thoughts, and you are the “Burger Master”.
For one to create a wonderful burger, one needs to know one’s ingredients.
For one to create a wonderful life, one needs to know one’s values, beliefs, internal rules and thoughts.
Do you know yours well?