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Entries from June 2011

Clinical Impression – A Smart but Acutely Suicidal Adolescent Girl

June 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Last week I received a call from a leading psychiatrist.  The daughter of one of his friends was in extreme psychological distress.  While writing a 5585 hold was (and remained) a last-ditch possibility, for various reasons both the psychiatrist and the girl’s parents preferred for her to admit herself voluntarily to a locked, acute care […]

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Metaphors in Psychology

June 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

People have used metaphors for as long as they have spoken language.  In Expression and Meaning (1985) the Berkeley philosopher John Searle defines metaphor as a species of “as if” discourse: “the utterance of an expression with its literal meaning and corresponding set of truth conditions can, in various ways that are specific to metaphor, […]

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