Mental health professionals and their patients often use figurative language like metaphors to describe complex cognitions and emotions that lie at the heart of personal crises. Over multiple sessions, insightful usage patterns that evade qualitative analysis may gradually build up. This chapter illustrates a complementary quantitative approach to the relationships between speakers, functions, targets, and phase of occurrence of metaphor vehicle terms over 29.5 hours of Chinese psychotherapy talk. Log-linear analysis is introduced as the main analytic technique, supported by factor maps as a data visualization tool. Variable associations are interpreted as usage patterns with insights into the nature of metaphor co-construction in psychotherapy. The findings highlight time, institutional roles of speakers, and prevailing discussion topics as key interacting aspects.
|Title of host publication||The Language of Crisis. Metaphors, frames, and discourses|
|Editors||Mimi Huang, Lise-Lotte Holmgreen|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2020|