Transformative words: Writing otherness and identities

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This book is about the transformative functions of words, literature, writing, and biblio/poetry therapy, approaching the subject through narrative and cultural psychology, storytelling, and shareable meaning making. The dialogic mind is described as trembling in a textual web of memories, metaphors, fantasies, transferences and poetic language, and even revising the different versions of the unconscious. The backgrounds, aims, methods, and processes of biblio/poetry therapy are elaborated by presenting how storying the self and the writing of otherness and identities enhance personal development, attune emotionally, autobiographically, and socially meaningful experiences, bridging knowledge and emotion and supporting growth and transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages330
ISBN (Print)978-1-53614-965-4
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-53614-966-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology
  • therapeutic writing
  • creative writing
  • expressive writing
  • writing research
  • narrative
  • storytelling
  • otherness
  • identity
  • psychology of literature

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Ihanus, J. (2019). Transformative words: Writing otherness and identities. New York: Nova Science Publishers.