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Metaphors in the History of Psychology : Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology - David E. Leary

Metaphors in the History of Psychology

Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology

By: David E. Leary (Editor)

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When psychologists speak of human memory as a matter of 'retrieving' earlier 'input' from 'storage', they are basing their discussion of memory upon a series of metaphors drawn from cybernetic theory (the science of communications and control) and computer technology. Similarly, when clinical psychologists try to 'relieve' the 'pressure' that someone has been 'repressing' inside, their actions are directed by the hydraulic metaphors that have shaped their understanding of the 'linear workings' of 'psychodynamics'. The contributors to this volume argue that psychologists and their predecessors have invariably turned to metaphor in order to articulate their descriptions, theories, and practical interventions with regard to psychological functioning. By specifying the major metaphors in the history of psychology, these contributors have offered a new key' to understanding this critically important area of human knowledge. Metaphors in the History of Psychology describes and analyses the ways in which psychological accounts of brain functioning, consciousness, cognition, emotion, motivation, learning, and behaviour have been shaped - and are still being shaped - by the central metaphors used by contemporary psychologists and their predecessors. The volume is a stylistically and substantively coherent work of essays on a theme which has become an issue of central concern in a variety of disciplines ranging from linguistics and literary studies to cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy. Through the identification of these metaphors, the contributors to this volume have provided a remarkably useful guide to the history, current orientations, and future prospects of modern psychology.

'This book can be read by psychologists, historians, philosophers, and students for great profit. Despite the complexity of the topic, it is highly engaging, well written and coherent. Regardless of one's orientation or explicit reason for perusing the volume, a reader is likely to come away from the experience not only better informed but also more attentive to and self-conscious about the use of metaphors in one's own work.' Contemporary Psychology 'The substantial empirical work presented in Metaphors in the History of Psychology will make it an indispensable source of stimulation not only for historians of science but also for theorists of metaphors who seek to explain patterns of human understanding.' Philosophical Psychology

About the authorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Psyche's muse: the role of metaphor in the history of psychologyp. 1
From metaphors to models: the use of analogy in neuropsychologyp. 79
Inner feelings, works of the flesh, the beast within, diseases of the mind, driving force, and putting on a show: six metaphors of emotion and their theoretical extensionsp. 104
Motives and metaphors: a study in scientific creativityp. 133
Cognitive metaphors in experimental psychologyp. 173
Metaphors of consciousness and cognition in the history of psychologyp. 230
Metaphors of knowledge and behavior in the behaviorist traditionp. 239
Metaphor, metatheory, and the social worldp. 267
Metaphors of unwanted conduct: a historical sketchp. 300
Generative metaphor and the history of psychological discoursep. 331
Metaphor, theory, and practice in the history of psychologyp. 357
Name indexp. 369
Subject indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780521371667
ISBN-10: 052137166X
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 27th July 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.76