The use of metaphors in psychotherapy

Eliezer Witztum, Onno van der Hart, Barbara Friedman

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Metaphors are used in everyday language and play a role in the therapeutic domain. This paper: 1) Examines the linguistic structure of metaphors for its therapeutic relevance. 2) Introduces the concept and use of metaphoric kernel statements. 3) Describes strategic and tactical applications of metaphor in guided metaphoric imagery work, storytelling and metaphoric tasks. 4) Demonstrates the efficacy of metaphor in treatment of cases of traumatic and highly anxiety-provoking issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-290
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1988


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