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METAPHORS IN THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY, Leary (1994)

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. 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.

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