Seeing it and Feeling it. Making ACT m etaphors visual and physical for young people. Timothy & Sandra Bowden, WC12 Minneapolis 2014. M etaphors.
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Seeing it and Feeling it
metaphors visual and physical for young people
Timothy & Sandra Bowden, WC12 Minneapolis 2014
Metaphors in ACT aim to
the verbal content of our beliefs and self-talk (ie. cognitive defusion): to weaken the dominance of literal language over direct experience…
Colleen Ehrnstrom, Mastering the Metaphor, WC X 2012
The use of metaphors (such as the ‘monsters on the boat’) and experiential exercises (such as mindfulness activities) render ACT an appropriate treatment for young people, as concepts that would normally be too abstract to understand become accessible through experience, and children’s ability to think in less literal terms supports the use of metaphoric language (O’Brien, Larson, & Murrell, 2008).
“these are a few of our favourite things…”
Does this look familiar?
How to make it worse for ourselves…
Not be wholly present
Think about the
last time in the pit
Worry about the next pit
Seek to avoid at all costs
Mentally draw all the pits together and say “this is what my life is all about”
Bubbles (Gundy Cuneo, 2013)
The Invisibility Cloak (Bowden, 2011)
Eating an apple
Self as context
Passengers on the bus (Hayes et.al. 1999)
Connection, caring & contribution
The complete picture
thinking outside the
Adapted from: Colleen Ehrnstrom, Mastering the Metaphor, WC X 2012; MatthieuVillate, Jennifer L. Villatte, Jean-Louis MonestèsBypassing the Traps of Language with Experiential Practice in Stoddard, J.A. & Afari, N. (2014) The Big Book of ACT Metaphors
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