Download e-book for kindle: Metaphor and Meaning in Psychotherapy by Ellen Y. Siegelman

By Ellen Y. Siegelman

During this exciting paintings, Ellen Siegelman offers metaphor as a kind of symbolization uniquely suited for bridging the identified and unknown, the wide awake and subconscious, the private and common. She demonstrates how metaphor, whereas drawing upon one's such a lot concrete physically event, issues to an immensely wealthy region of resourceful existence. The paintings bargains an abundance of scientific info to demonstrate how metaphor is a precept medium for developing the subconscious interpersonal resonances that lie on the center of the psychotherapeutic procedure, together with the metaphors inherent in transference and countertransference.Siegelman exhibits how a metaphor, while fostered, can lead on to subconscious assets and the way a unmarried metaphor can develop into a telegraphic image of the self. She additionally discusses the blunders a therapist could make in pursuing or ignoring metaphors. Case vignettes, drawn from her personal broad medical paintings and from the literature, are offered all through. including a moment-to second immediacy, the situations illustrate how figures of speech can be utilized to light up defenses and elevate the intensity of a remedy or research. within the concluding part, the subject is opened outward to incorporate metaphors of the psychotherapeutic method itself--how such theorists as Freud, Jung, Langs, Milner, and Winnicott have considered the healing house. a last bankruptcy anchors the booklet in its greater context--that of symbolic perspective, which the writer believes is the bedrock on which all faculties of intensity psychotherapy are built.

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These were paediatricians whom I had contacted at Mt Sinai while I was paediatric resident, and at New York Hospital, and it was a very interesting kind of referral because what they would say was, “Well, I trust you because you were a paediatrician and you knew something about it, and I will refer this to you”. I used to be so swamped, I would dread another phone call; but they would insist that I see the child myself, if only very briefly, and then refer them. Their feeling of confidence was certainly based on the fact that they knew me as a paediatrician; about psychiatrists they felt that they didn’t really know any of them and they were strange people.

I saw that often a girl’s receiving a doll or a doll carriage when she was at the height of her pre-oedipal anxiety was crucial in her turning very strongly and erotically toward the father. He was the one who acknowledged her femininity. She sought him out, and he responded, and then came her increasing interest in dolls. My father was extremely loving and gave me dolls, dolls, dolls, and from early on I liked to make doll’s clothes. My pleasure in that experience contributed both to my later interest in observing children and to the satisfaction that I found in being a mother.

Workers should be drawn from every discipline. I don’t care where they come from. Detection and intervention, I think, is most effective when done before the first two years of life are over, hopefully before the first year is over. That is where I think our efforts should go. MS: Intervention by anybody that can help: paediatricians, nurses, psychiatrists? EG: Right. And for the first time, the Academy of Pediatrics has asked the Academy of Child Psychiatry to come in on a joint venture in which we are setting up institutes where both paediatricians and child psychiatrists will hear about work done during the infancy period.

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