What are metaphors for anxiety and how can they help?
Can metaphors help you cope with pain?
- In a 2008 study focused on coping, McMullen and colleagues found that participants who used metaphors in order to accept pain were better able to tolerate painful tasks. They can be tremendously helpful when you find yourself fighting the reality of painful circumstances.
How can metaphor help us overcome adversity?
- When we’re faced with overwhelming change, threatening circumstances and feared events we may find ourselves avoiding or refusing to change, which only adds to our pain and suffering. Metaphor can help us acknowledge painful circumstances and remain hopeful in the face of adversity.
What is metaphor and why is it important?
- Metaphor can help us communicate strong, indescribable emotion. They can redefine, reframe, and suggest solutions to problems. And, when we’re in denial or acting in unhealthy ways, they help us recognize our own reaction to stressful circumstances and can give hope.
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