2021, Cilt 8, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 335-340
The Use of Metaphor in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
Mahire Olcay ÇAM1, Ege Miray TOPCU2
1Profesör, Ege Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
2Araştırma Görevlisi, Ege Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
Keywords: Metaphor, mental health, nursing

This review, on the basis of recognizing the extent and effect of metaphors in daily life, was prepared based on questions which are “How much does it take place in our care as mental health and psychiatric nurse, or how can it be used as a curative?”. In daily life, metaphor is widely used in language, thought, and behavior. Metaphors that help to link the individual's seemingly unrelated experiences allow the emotions and perceptions arising from these experiences to be connected and better understood. Metaphors are healingly helpful as they enable people to explore themselves and their problems and find new solutions in a confrontational and non-threatening environment. Mental health and psychiatric nurses can use metaphors as a tool for change and evaluation, especially empathy skills such as understanding their patients and reflecting their understanding, through and with the help of metaphors. The nurse, who uses the metaphor appropriately and well, will greatly contribute to accelerating the healing process and increasing self-integrity with this skill. The effort that will be spent for nurses working in the field to develop at this level and gain these skills will increase the value given to both the nurse, the field, and the people who receive service.