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The use of metaphor for understanding and managing psychotic experiences: a systematic review

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Subjective experiences of psychotic disorders are often not communicated because of

    the difficulty in articulating them. Metaphor is a valuable way of describing these experiences to others.

    Recovery in psychotic disorders involves consolidation and transitioning processes. The ontological

    and orientational types of metaphor seem to form the linguistic basis of these processes.

    Aims: The aim of this paper is to review and describe how metaphor may be used both as a strategy

    for people with psychotic disorders to articulate their subjective experiences of self, and also as an

    approach to support recovery.

    Method: A systematic review of 28 studies was conducted, to examine the nature and function of

    metaphor used in studies involving an intervention or therapeutic method for psychosis.

    Results: Sixteen studies contained first-person experiences, 24 studies used metaphor to consolidate

    the self of the person with psychotic disorder, and 19 studies used metaphor to transition the self of the

    person, although applied use of metaphor in this way was limited.

    Conclusions: The use of metaphor as a strategy is a potentially valuable way for both people with

    psychotic disorders to express their experiences, and for promotion of recovery within this population.

UOW Authors


  •   Mould, Tracy (external author)
  •   Crowe, Trevor P. (external author)
  •   Oades, Lindsay G. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Mould, T. J., Oades, L. G. & Crowe, T. (2010). The use of metaphor for understanding and managing psychotic experiences: a systematic review. Journal of Mental Health, 19 (3), 282-293.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77952079588

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/311

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 282

End Page


  • 293

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Background: Subjective experiences of psychotic disorders are often not communicated because of

    the difficulty in articulating them. Metaphor is a valuable way of describing these experiences to others.

    Recovery in psychotic disorders involves consolidation and transitioning processes. The ontological

    and orientational types of metaphor seem to form the linguistic basis of these processes.

    Aims: The aim of this paper is to review and describe how metaphor may be used both as a strategy

    for people with psychotic disorders to articulate their subjective experiences of self, and also as an

    approach to support recovery.

    Method: A systematic review of 28 studies was conducted, to examine the nature and function of

    metaphor used in studies involving an intervention or therapeutic method for psychosis.

    Results: Sixteen studies contained first-person experiences, 24 studies used metaphor to consolidate

    the self of the person with psychotic disorder, and 19 studies used metaphor to transition the self of the

    person, although applied use of metaphor in this way was limited.

    Conclusions: The use of metaphor as a strategy is a potentially valuable way for both people with

    psychotic disorders to express their experiences, and for promotion of recovery within this population.

UOW Authors


  •   Mould, Tracy (external author)
  •   Crowe, Trevor P. (external author)
  •   Oades, Lindsay G. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Mould, T. J., Oades, L. G. & Crowe, T. (2010). The use of metaphor for understanding and managing psychotic experiences: a systematic review. Journal of Mental Health, 19 (3), 282-293.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77952079588

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/311

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 282

End Page


  • 293

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 3