By Nicola Barden
- What lies in the back of the language we use as counsellors and psychotherapists?
- How does language healthy right into a healing context?
- will we really say what we suggest, and listen to what's acknowledged, within the consulting room?
This ebook takes aside, lays out and repositions the main uncomplicated of healing instruments – the language used to speak among therapist and purchaser. It starts off with a precis of the various colleges of notion on language acquisition from infancy onwards. It addresses ways that philosophical and social contexts may well effect at the ideas and phrases to be had for speech. Following this it makes a speciality of the aspect of the phrases spoken in a consulting room, and considers discussion within the arts cures, the place speech will not be the first instrument for figuring out. The publication additionally examines what occurs while phrases fail, how symbols are crucial for verbal exchange, and even if the emphasis on phrases within the conversing treatments has restricted the variety of conversation within the consulting room. An instance of this obstacle is obtainable in a longer dialogue of gender and language.
The ebook addresses counsellors and psychotherapists from all significant theoretical orientations, from psychodynamic cures via to humanistic and existential methods, retaining an outline that's correct to an integrative position.
Written for college students of counselling and psychotherapy in addition to practitioners who are looking to advance their talents and know-how, phrases and emblems engages the reader in realizing the essence of healing communique.
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Language and philosophy are formed from and by each other. And this is the same language that is available for the construction of therapeutic theories, for clients to express themselves, and for therapists to understand them. The whole of language works as a result of context. Sentences are made through applying rules to words. Where there is a verb, a noun will be close by. If the verb is to throw, a moveable object is anticipated. Words are grouped according to similarities and differences: things that can be thrown and things that are fixed.
X). Words expressing consciousness and self-awareness came into European vocabulary during the seventeenth century. The language for unconscious mental processes came a little later, but was well under way by the mid-eighteenth century. Whyte interestingly reviews the way in which language at the time reflected the philosophical position of the country of origin. English culture was focused on ‘politics and practicalities’ and looked for the empirical evidence to support ideas of the unconscious; the French were acutely aware of society and brought subtlety and caution to the developing ideas; the Germanic countries were absorbed with introspection and the individual, and so brought systems to bear on the internal workings of the person.
The relation of the dream element to its portrayal in the dream tended to be part object, allusion or ‘plastic portrayal’ (Freud 1916/ 1963: 151). Mostly reliant on imagery, dreams could also use words, or a dream element in itself could be standing in for a word. Sometimes these would be specific to the language of the age. A woman falling down could be a reference to a ‘fallen woman’ in the sense of sexual impropriety (Freud 1900a/1953: 202); a man in a tower could be seen as ‘towering above’ others (Freud 1900b/1953: 342).