Constructing Panic: The Discourse of Agoraphobia / Edition 1

Constructing Panic: The Discourse of Agoraphobia / Edition 1

by Lisa Capps, Elinor Ochs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674165497

ISBN-13: 9780674165496

Pub. Date: 09/30/1997

Publisher: Harvard

Meg Logan has not been farther than two miles from home in six years. She has agoraphobia, a debilitating anxiety disorder that entraps its sufferers in the fear of leaving safe havens such as home. Paradoxically, while at this safe haven, agoraphobics spend much of their time ruminating over past panic experiences and imagining similar hypothetical situations. In

Overview

Meg Logan has not been farther than two miles from home in six years. She has agoraphobia, a debilitating anxiety disorder that entraps its sufferers in the fear of leaving safe havens such as home. Paradoxically, while at this safe haven, agoraphobics spend much of their time ruminating over past panic experiences and imagining similar hypothetical situations. In doing so, they create a narrative that both describes their experience and locks them into it.

Constructing Panic offers an unprecedented analysis of one patient's experience of agoraphobia. In this novel interdisciplinary collaboration between a clinical psychologist and a linguist, the authors probe Meg's stories for constructions of emotions, actions, and events. They illustrate how Meg uses grammar and narrative structure to create and recreate emotional experiences that maintain her agoraphobic identity.

In this work Capps and Ochs propose a startling new view of agoraphobia as a communicative disorder. Constructing Panic opens up the largely overlooked potential for linguistic and narrative analysis by revealing the roots of panic and by offering a unique framework for therapeutic intervention. Readers will find in these pages hope for managing panic through careful attention to how we tell the story of our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674165496
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/30/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
649,998
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jerome Bruner

1. The Agony of Agoraphobia

2. In Her Own Words

3. Telling Panic

4. A Grammar of Panic

5. Accommodation as a Source of Panic

6. Nonaccommodation as an Outcome of Panic

7. Paradoxes of Panic

8. Constructing the Irrational Woman

9. Socializing Emotion

10.Socializing Anxiety

11.Therapeutic Insights

Epilogue: Flying

Notes

References

Acknowledgments

Index

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