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Toward a metaphor-enriched personality psychology.

Robinson, Michael D and Fetterman, Adam K (2014) 'Toward a metaphor-enriched personality psychology.' In: Landau, Mark J and Robinson, Michael D and Meier, Brian P, (eds.) The power of metaphor: Examining its influence on social life. American Psychological Association (APA), pp. 133-152. ISBN 978-1-4338-1579-9

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Conventional wisdom on metaphor suggests that it is the province of poets, metaphor is an optional way of thinking, or that metaphor merely serves communication purposes. In this chapter, we show that such wisdom is at variance with how human beings actually think and function. We first provide a brief overview of the metaphor representation perspective. We then make a case for the utility of this perspective in understanding how people differ from each other and do so within a broader context of how personality has traditionally been assessed. We then present four lines of personality research inspired by the metaphor representation perspective. We conclude with a discussion of the challenges and unanswered questions involved in translating the metaphor representation perspective to personality psychology.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 11:47
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 11:31

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