Publication details [#1307]

Soennichsen, Susan and Mandy Morgan. 2013. The play of metaphor: Shifting positions through autobiographic texts in psychology. Narrative Inquiry 23 (1) : 154–170. 17 pp.
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Amsterdam: John Benjamins


By addressing the conventional failure in psychology to successfully establish a contact with people’s everyday experiences, the paper provides a contribution to post-crisis, social constructionist psychological literature. The authors’ work develops within the paradigm of narrative psychology, in particular it is focused on metaphor, intended as a useful way to explore how our selves and our social interactions are sociolinguistically constructed. To this purpose, an article by Ian Parker is discussed and a text by Bronwyn Davies and Rom Harré is considered and analyzed to show how valuable metaphor is in order to detect and eventually change interpretations in daily encounters.