Metaphor in Psychotherapy

A descriptive and prescriptive analysis

ORCID logoDennis Tay | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ISBN 9789027202055 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027271617 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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This book represents a bold attempt to address contemporary issues in both metaphor and psychotherapy research. On one hand, metaphor research is increasingly concerned not just with describing metaphors in discourse, but how they could be used more adroitly in purposive ‘real world’ contexts such as psychotherapy. On the other hand, while a growing number of mental health professionals believe that metaphors contribute in some way to the psychotherapy process, their ability and willingness to use metaphors might be compromised by a relative unfamiliarity with the various nuanced aspects of metaphor theory. The present analysis of metaphors in authentic psychotherapeutic talk brings these theoretical aspects to the forefront, and suggests how they can be applied to enhance the use of communication of metaphors in psychotherapy. It should be of interest to metaphor researchers, mental health professionals, and discourse analysts in general.
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“[A]n insightful contextualised analysis of metaphors in a discipline which has concerned itself with their utility in clinical practice.”
“Tay’s book is one of the relatively rare publications in the field of metaphor research with a truly interdisciplinary perspective. Tay displays great expertise in both discourse analysis and psychotherapy, and his book is a fountain of knowledge and inspiration for readers whose research interests lie in metaphor, psychotherapy and discourse analysis in general.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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