Metaphors of Psychological Deterioration: the Case of Depression

Cristiana Tonon (Italian language assistant a Dublino)

Abstract

Il presente articolo si propone di individuare e analizzare i comportamenti linguistici metaforici di individui che convivono con stati depressivi. A tale scopo, sono stati selezionati quattro fora online di auto-aiuto dedicati a varie malattie mentali, tra cui la depressione. I dati raccolti sono stati interpretati alla luce dei principi cardine della Teoria della Metafora Concettuale e della Teoria psicologica dell’Auto-determinazione. La combinazione di questi due quadri teorici permette, in primo luogo, di individuare modelli metaforici ricorrenti nella comprensione della depressione e, in secondo luogo, di discernere una dimensione psichica armonica da una problematica per il benessere psicologico della persona.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-161

Parole chiave
Depression, conceptual metaphor theory, self-determination theory, online fora.

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