Book Chapter

La conversation, métaphore de l’approche narrative du counseling d’orientation

Peter McIlveen, Allison Creed

Landmarks for Career Counseling (Repères pour l’orientation) | Antipodes in Actualités Psychologiques Collection | Published : 2020


Metaphor is writ large in everyday life. In their landmark publication, Metaphors We Life By, Lakoff and Johnson (1980) argue that human cognition is constituted by language and is replete with metaphor. Indeed, thinking, speaking, gesturing, is structured by metaphorical concepts making communication near impossible without using metaphor. Metaphor abound in the language of career (Inkson, 2004). Counsellors and clients talk about bridges, ladders, cycles, stages, patterns, journeys, and stories to collaboratively make meaningful sense of the concept of career. It is impossible to create shared meaning in counselling without using metaphor to understand, deconstruct, and reconstruct idea..

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