Mirror And Metaphor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971367104
  • Publisher: Trivium Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Foreword to the First Edition xvii
Preface xxi
Introduction 1
I. Psychology and the Metaphor of Science 4
"In the Middle of Things" 4
Confusion, Indirection, and Psychological Life as a Reality of Reflection: A Phenomenology of the Mirror 8
The Mirror Reflection
The Mirror Reflection and Psychological Life
The Moving Earth and the Human Corpse 23
Interiorization: Mona Lisa's Smile
Literalization: Descartes' Dreams And the Psychology of Nightmare
Psychology's Concealment of Psychological Life 41
Review and Preview 43
II. Reflections of the Psychological World: Things 44
Introduction 44
Psychological Experience is a World: The Visibility of Experience 44
What is a Thing?
A Bottle of Wine
A Cup of Tea
Newton's Spectrum
Experience Takes Place and Makes Sense: A Brief Consideration of Desire
The World as Psychological: Shadows and Reflections 62
The Shadows "of" Things
The Reflections "of" Things
Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, And Sigmund Freud 68
Conclusion 72
III. Reflections of the Psychological World: Others 73
Introduction 73
Self and Other: Realities of Reflection 74
The Infant before the Mirror
An Illustration from Childhood
A Vision of Hell
Some Reflections on Behavior and Experience as Realities of Reflection 83
Harvey Looks at the Human Heart
A Study in Human Emotions
Imaginal Understanding: Psychological Life as Story 97
Sunday Morning
Story: Imaginal, Not Fictional
The Eclipse of Imaginal Understanding in the Modern Age of Science: A Historical Example
Reflections on Unconsciousness as the Absence of Reflections 107
Reflection and Interiority 112
Conclusion 114
IV. Reflections of the Psychological World: Body 115
Introduction 115
The Everyday Heart as a Psychological Reality 117
Of Courage and the Human Heart 123
The Scientific Heart as a Psychological Reality 126
Reflections of a Divided Heart
Reflections of a Democratic Heart
Reflections of an Empty Heart
Contemporary Reflections of the Pumping Heart
The Recovery of Psychological Life and the Practice of Phenomenology 155
Method and the Recovery of the Psychological Life: From Reflection to Metaphor 159
Conclusion: The Psychological Heart as a Metaphorical Reality 163
V. The Metaphorical Character of Psychological Life 165
Introduction: From Reflection to Metaphor 165
The Metaphorical Texture of Psychological Life 167
Dante's Lake of Ice and Holderlin's Joyous Waves
Metaphors, Things, and Thoughts
The Metaphorical Structure of Psychological Life 175
Figuring the Perspective
A Closing Example
The Metaphorical Function of Psychological Life 190
Psychological Experience and Disruption
The Function of Psychological Life
The Function of Metaphor
Psychological Life as a Metaphorical Reality: Implications 200
Conclusion 202
Closing Lines: A Final Remembrance 203
Afterword 205
Notes 219
Bibliography 248
Index 258
1. The tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon 2
2. The reflection as a figure in a tale 12
3. The reflection re-figures the person 12
4. The Ponzo illusion 27
5. Church of San Carlino al Quirinale 143
6. Chapel of Sant' Ivo 144
7. The Ponzo illusion; the Poggendorf illusion 191
8. The face of modern psychology 203
1. Design of the Schachter-Singer experiment 92
2. Expected and obtained results for condition of euphoria 92
3. Expected and obtained results for condition of anger 92
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2001


    Of all the books I have read, very few so profoundly affected me so as to literally change the way I see the world. This is one of them, among a select few. I am amazed how Dr. Romanyshyn can write with such lucidity about ideas that are so profound and otherwise complex; it speaks to his essence as a teacher, who knows how to provide a perfect balance between the concrete and the abstract. In the very beginning of the book, Dr. Romanyshyn begins with the example of looking in a mirror, and from there he unravels with apparent ease the basic assumptions of modern psychology, and in its place, builds the foundation for a different 'psychology' that is concerned with 'psychological life.' Such a psychological life is profoundly metaphorical in nature--and yet unmistakably grounded in concrete experience. Make no mistake, Dr. Romanyshyn's thesis, if taken seriously (as it should be) has widespread significance for what it means to understand, teach and practice the discipline of psychology. Psychology from the perspective of psychological life will be a psychology that is not reducible to a natural science, nor to philosophy, nor to literature. But, rather, psychology as a way of seeing comes into its own--and for the first time in the history of the discipline, would finally come home, in the sense that it would for the first time have its own identity. Certainly, Romanyshyn is standing on the shoulders of giants: Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Sigmund Freud, Paul Ricoeur, Carl Jung, Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl, Wilhelm Dilthey, Michel Foucault, and many other thinkers in the history of the philosophy of the human sciences. But no one has quite synthesized and formulated psychological life the way Romanyshyn does so in 'Mirror and Metaphor.' I have no doubt that if Dr. Romanyshyn's text were to be read widely and carefully, psychology as we know it would never be the same. It is a must read! Don't miss it!

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