RFT for clinical use: The example of metaphor

Mairead Foody, Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Niklas Torneke, Carmen Luciano, Ian Stewart, Ciara McEnteggart

The current article argues that the conceptual analysis of metaphor as offered by relational frame theory (RFT) illustrates one way in which the theory may be integrated with, and have a constructive influence on, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The article walks through the basic account of metaphor as the relating of relations and summarises the empirical evidence in support of this conceptualization. This understanding is then applied to a number of metaphors that are common to ACT in an attempt to illustrate how the RFT acount of metaphor may be useful in aiding ACT practitioners to construct and deconstruct clinical metaphors.

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