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An emotional-experiential perspective on creative symbolic-metaphorical processes

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Following some initial interrogations on the experiential and creative nature of symbolic-metaphorical processes (e.g. Gendlin, 1997a; Gruber, 1988) and some work on the production and interpretation of linguistically novel metaphors (e.g. Gibbs, 1994; Lakoff & Turner, 1989), we propose a new, ‘emotional-experiential’ perspective on creative metaphors — perhaps, the most historically and sociologically important type of symbolic constructions. The emotional-experiential perspective accounts for the production and interpretation of creative metaphors through idiosyncratic emotion-based associations. Introspective, laboratory, and illustrative case study evidence from several Western cultures is provided. Implications for broad issues concerning creative metaphor and symbolization are discussed.

Keywords: association; creativity; emotion; experiential; metaphor

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Paris Graduate School of Management (ESCP-EAP) 2: Université René Descartes (Paris V), Laboratoire Cognition et Développement (UMR 8605)

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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