Linear Destiny and Geometric Fate

  • Emilio Mordini


A metaphor is a figure of speech, which employs an implicit comparison to express a concept, to describe an object, or to emphasise some of the qualities of that object. The comparison contained in a metaphor must be only suggested, avoiding using the words like or as. “In that battle Caesar fought as a lion” is not a metaphor—it is a simile; while “In that battle Caesar was a lion” is a metaphor. Any metaphor is thus made by two elements: i) a comparison; ii) an implicit suggestion. Psychiatry has investigated the suggestive power of metaphors, and some scholars, such as M.Erickson, the most influential clinician in the development of modern hypnotherapy, advocated the use of metaphors in psychotherapy.


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  • Emilio Mordini
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  1. 1.Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research 21Via ArenulaRomeItaly

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