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Title: Enemies or obstacles? Metaphors of war and journey in mental health discourse
Author: Coll-Florit, Marta  
Climent, Salvador  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Keywords: conceptual metaphor
health communication
mental health
Issue Date: 31-May-2022
Publisher: Metaphor and the Social World
Citation: Coll-Florit, M. [Marta] & Climent Roca, S. [Salvador]. (2022). Enemies or Obstacles? Metaphors of War and Journey in Mental Health Discourse. Metaphor and the Social World, 12(2), 181-203. doi: 10.1075/msw.21035.col
Published in: 12;2
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/FFI2017-86969-R
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Abstract: This study examines the use of metaphors of WAR and JOURNEY in a million-word corpus of Spanish-language blogs written by patients with severe mental disorders and by mental health professionals. Quantitative results indicate that both metaphors are more prevalent among patients than professionals, supporting the idea that they are mostly used in this context for communicating complex and emotionally intense experiences. From a qualitative perspective, our results show that patients use both metaphors to deal with exactly the same ontological elements of the situation (the disorder, symptoms, negative emotions, everyday problems, social prejudice, medical activity, people close to the patients and the patients themselves) but framing them differently. Further analysis shows that both metaphors have positive and negative uses in terms of emotions conveyed, empowerment and suitability for coping with the situation. In light of this, we conclude with a discussion of proposals promoting the positive uses of these metaphors.
Language: English
ISSN: 2210-4070MIAR
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