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Meaning's Vessel: A Metapsychological Understanding of Metaphor

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Understood in its modern sense as a primary activity in conceptualization, metaphor is here viewed as the linguistic product of a more fundamental metaphorizing process to be studied from developmental, semiotic, and all metapsychological dimensions. A backward look at the psychoanalytic literature identifies specific contributions that our field has made to its understanding, before pointing forward to its powerful role in groups; its neurophysiological implications; its pivotal place in the development and use of symbolization, both intrapsychically and interpersonally; its divers semiotic forms; and, most fundamentally, its pivotal function in dreams. On far horizon a ship at sea with shining sail and golden oar, transporting us from shore to shore, and on its prow writ, “Metaphor”
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Post Graduate Center and Washington Square Institute, New York City

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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