ERIC Number: ED213040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Poetry Therapy as a Projective Technique in Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Blades, Stephen; Girualt, Emily
This paper reviews the research literature pertaining to the use of poetry writing in counseling and psychotherapy as a therapeutic intervention. The paper begins with the theoretical perspectives of poetry, then discusses S. Freud's and C. Jung's views of poetry from the psychological perspective. This is followed by a discussion of studies on poetry therapy as a branch of bibliotherapy and as a projective technique. The conscious and unconscious perceptions exposed through poetry writing are then reviewed, as well as research on poetry therapy's role as psychological or emotional catharsis. The paper next lists a series of word/poetic concepts for projective use, such as bird, wind, river, or desert. The appendix contains five subjects' rank ordering of these archetypical terms, and pieces of projective poetry using those images by each of the subjects. A list of useful psychological and literary terms concludes the paper. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freud (Sigmund); Jung (Carl G)
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the California Personnel and Guidance Association (San Francisco, CA, February 12-15, 1982). For related document see ED 188 194.