ERIC Number: ED255852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Metapsychotherapy Using a Model from Historical Criticism.
Kelly, Anthony E.
Psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in general do not apprehend the data of their field in any strict literal sense. Rather, they prefigure psychopathological data at a precognitive level. This prefiguration employs one or more of the poetic tropes of metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony. Each psychotherapy achieves its particular explanatory effect by a combination of certain modes of explanation (explanation by argument, emplotment, and ideological implication). Within each of these explanatory strategies lie four modes of articulation. For arguments there are the modes of formism, organicism, mechanism, and contextualism. For emplotment there are the archetypes of romance, tragedy, comedy, and satire. For ideological implication there are the tactics of anarchism, conservatism, radicalism, and liberalism. The use of these strategies by psychoanalytical, rational-emotive, behavioral, person-centered, paradoxical, and transactional therapists suggests that individual psychotherapies may be manifestations of a greater metapsychotherapy which is essentially poetic in nature. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).