"An excellent work which can make the effective use of metaphor more conscious in our daily practice of ."--Psychotherapy (10/17/1993) .."..Superb....Gives us both a theoretical and clinical understanding of the uses of the poetic imagination in depth psychotherapy....Full of rich clinical examples....Metaphor and Meaning in Psychotherapy is a rare book in our field, one in which the medium and the message are in harmony. Siegelman's prose is elegant, studded with stunning imagery and clearly articulated ideas."-- (10/17/1993) "One does not have to be psychoanalytic or dynamic to appreciate her thoughtful and compassionate look at the process of therapy. In fact, the connections she draws among language, affect, and perceived experience have something to offer therapists from a variety of orientations....Metaphor & Meaning depicts the art in therapy and, therefore, speaks to the artist. Her beautiful examples of therapy are interspersed with theory and discussion to provide sustenance for the intellect as well."-- (10/17/1993) "I think it is a valuable book and only wish I had had it in my hands when I was a student in training to be a psychoanalyst nearly 50 years ago." --Marion Milner, Ph.D., Member, British Psycho-analytic Society; author of On Not Being Able to Paint "This lucid presentation of the healing uses of metaphor comes from a Jungian psychotherapist who has not been afraid to learn from psychoanalysts. Psychoanalysis too has much to learn from her wise exposition of the musical method of creative symbolization as a process of moving personality forward." --John Beebe, M.D., Member, San Francisco Society of Jungian Analysts; editor, The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal "Siegelman's book on metaphor is a welcome addition to any therapist's library because it cannot fail to sensitize the reader to the countless ways in which novel uses of language can function in a clinical setting. " --Donald P. Spence in Contemporary Psychology "Superb....Gives us both a theoretical and clinical understanding of the uses of the poetic imagination in depth psychotherapy....Full of rich clinical examples....Metaphor and Meaning in Psychotherapy is a rare book in our field, one in which the medium and the message are in harmony. Siegelman's prose is elegant, studded with stunning imagery and clearly articulated ideas." --Naomi Ruth Lowinsky in Psychological Perspectives
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In this intriguing work, Ellen Siegelman presents metaphor as a form of symbolization uniquely suited to bridging the known and unknown, the conscious and unconscious, the personal and universal. She demonstrates how metaphor, while drawing upon one's most concrete bodily experience, points to an immensely rich area of imaginative life. The work offers an abundance of clinical data to illustrate how metaphor is a principle medium for creating the unconscious interpersonal resonances that lie at the heart of the psychotherapeutic process, including the metaphors inherent in transference and countertransference.
Siegelman shows how a metaphor, when fostered, can lead directly to unconscious sources and how a single metaphor can become a telegraphic symbol of the self. She also discusses the mistakes a therapist can make in pursuing or ignoring metaphors. Case vignettes, drawn from her own extensive clinical work and from the literature, are presented throughout. Adding a moment-to moment immediacy, the cases illustrate how figures of speech can be used to illuminate defenses and increase the depth of a therapy or analysis. In the concluding section, the topic is opened outward to include metaphors of the psychotherapeutic process itself--how such theorists as Freud, Jung, Langs, Milner, and Winnicott have viewed the therapeutic space. A final chapter anchors the book in its larger context--that of symbolic attitude, which the author believes is the bedrock on which all schools of depth psychotherapy are constructed.
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