1st Edition

Psychology and the Poetics of Growth Figurative Language in Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Education

    In this volume, originally published in 1977, the authors describe the relevance of figurative language for the psychology of language and present a methodological approach best described as naturalistic in orientation. The first section presents the idea of figurative language in terms of linguistic, aesthetic, and philosophical background. Also included is a description of empirical techniques used to assess figurative language and findings from an analysis of widely differing spoken and written contexts.

    The second section of this volume deals with the occurrence and significance of figurative language within the specific context of psychotherapy. The use of such language is shown to be crucial in patient insight. The third section deals with children, their understanding and use of figurative expressions, specifically within the school. Here is a volume that was an outstanding addition to the literature at the time and still a valuable resource today.

    Preface.  Part I: Figurative Language  1. Why Figurative Language?  2. Models of the Metaphoric Process  3. The Measurement of Metaphor and Some Preliminary Findings  Part II: Figurative Language and the Process of Psychotherapy  4. Metaphor in Psychotherapy  5. Insight in Psychotherapy  6. Metaphor and Insight in Psychotherapy: Some Empirical Results  Part III: Figurative Language, Children, and the Educational Context  7. The Development of Figurative Language  8. Figurative Language and the Educational Process  9. Making it More: Evaluating Methods for Teaching Figurative Language.  References.  Author Index.  Subject Index.


    Howard R. Pollio University of Tennessee; Jack M. Barlow, Private Pratcuce, Knoxville, Tennessee; Harold J. Fine University of Tennessee and Marilyn R. Pollio Maryville College