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ERIC Number: ED521100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 341
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-5597-2
Winnicott's Transformational Metaphors: A Cognitive-Linguistic Analysis
Casali, Michael A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)
This study examined D.W. Winnicott's construct object usage and related transformational metaphors from a cognitive-linguistic perspective. The paper "The Use of an Object" was positioned historically among extant theoretical models and employed to investigate the semantic evolution of key Winnicottian concepts. Biographical accounts revealed core developmental themes which elucidated the conceptual foundations of Winnicott's ontology and offered alternatives ways to understand the nature and function of his ideas. Overall the findings were congruent with the epistemological stance of "experientialism" (Lakoff & Johnson, 1999), which is neither objectivist nor subjectivist and corresponds to the notion of psychoanalysis as hovering in the area between positivistic science and hermeneutics (Ricoeur, 1970). Implications for professional development included how the clinician-learner similarly draws on embodied-metaphorical processes within the context of history and personal development. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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