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The use of metaphor for understanding and managing psychotic experiences: a systematic review
Centre for Health Service Development - CHSD
  • Tracy J Mould, University of Wollongong
  • Lindsay G Oades, University of Wollongong
  • Trevor P Crowe, University of Wollongong
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Publication Details

Mould, TJ, Oades, LG & Crowe, TP, The use of metaphor for understanding and managing psychotic experiences: a systematic review, Journal of Mental Health, 19(3), 2010, p 282-293.

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.
RIS ID
36324
Citation Information
Tracy J Mould, Lindsay G Oades and Trevor P Crowe. "The use of metaphor for understanding and managing psychotic experiences: a systematic review" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tcrowe/7/