Elena Carmen Bolovan, Ileana-Loredana Vitalia
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The age of adolescence represents few years of uncertainties and unknown in the development and evolution of a young people. In the search of his own identity, the adolescent needs symbols in order to access the unconscious personal resources. Working with metaphors in the process of counselling and psychotherapy facilitates new signification and sense for the adolescent that experience the most provocative period of his life. This article focuses on the benefits of using metaphorical techniques to improve emotional health in adolescents. We supposed that using a brief experiential metaphoric exercise (My own relaxation and recreation place) would allow the group members to improve their present emotional anxiety experience. The adolescents became more aware of their inner resources (such as tranquillity, calm, trust and hope) and needs.
Present finding indicate the effects of expressive-creative methods on anxiety state. Using metaphor in the therapy of adolescents could be an important method to reduce the anxiety and to help them understand the role of their emotions in the process of personal development.
Cite this paper: Bolovan, E.C., Vitalia, I.L. (2021). USING METAPHORS TO REDUCE ANXIETY IN ADOLESCENTS. Current Trends in Natural Sciences, 10(20), 203-206. https://doi.org/10.47068/ctns.2021.v10i20.027