ERIC Number: ED081014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Insight and Figurative Language in Psychotherapy: Two Fragments of a Case Study.
Barlow, Jack M.; And Others
This study discusses the role figurative language can play in promoting insight in a patient undergoing psychotherapy. The first part of the study reviews some of the research into the nature of creative insight; the next section discusses some of the research relating to the value of metaphor in the treatment of schizophrenic patients. The major portion of the study consists of a discussion of two fragments of a case study involving a patient who comes to recognize both his resistance to therapy and his general feelings of worthlessness by means of the therapist's handling of the patient's metaphoric productions. It is concluded from the case study that when the patient and the therapist used non-literal language, the metaphors generated alternatives for the insightful solution of the patient's problems; the metaphors built upon one another in a therapeutic cascade of insightful communication. (DI)
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Dept. of Psychology.; McNabb Center, Knoxville, TN.
Note: See related documents CS 200 675, CS 200 630, and CS 200 631