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Information and Persuasion

Studies in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, and Discourse Analysis

Edited By Maria-Ionela Neagu and Domnita Tomescu

This transdisciplinary study gathers research papers that reveal the multifarious facets of the concept of «persuasion». It is argued that regardless of its degree of intentionality, the act of persuasion underlying each information item prompts the interlocutors to cross the borders of political, historical, linguistic, narrative, psychotherapeutic, and even marketing configurations. The contributors’ contention is that political thinking and ideology-grounded linguistic patterns act as a form of social control, both informing and shaping the sense of identity of the manipulated masses and of the oppressed.

«Taking a sociolinguistic turn, this volume of interesting scholarly works addresses matters of ideological loadings in a variety of genres, contributing to the development of new research paradigms.» – Bledar Toska, University of Vlora «Ismail Qemali»

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Revealing words in psychotherapy (Anca Spiridon)


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Anca SpiridonThe Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma

Revealing words in psychotherapy

Abstract: This paper is subdivided into two parts: the first one is theoretical and clarifies the neuropsychology notions which support the subsequent analysis. The empirical part brings to the fore a case study from the author’s psychotherapeutic practice. It demonstrates the power of language to combine the human psyche and the neurological structures, as well as the potential of language to create the story of significant recovery, of healthy growth throughout the psychotherapeutic process.

1.  Psychology and neuroscience

1.1  The Mind

Adopting a psychological standpoint, mind can be defined as the interaction of matter, energy and information; it consists of interconnected nerve pathways that form the larger unit of the brain, able to condense an immense amount of information from outside the body and reintegrate it within the different units of our organism throughout life (Ruppert 2014, 14).

The human mind encompasses different forms of perceptions, emotional reactions to sensory perceptions, several forms of thinking, and finally, the mind’s own ability to express itself in language. The very use of language augments our awareness both of the outer environment and of our inner world, helping the human being to deal with reality in an easier way. We feel and think by virtue of memory systems in which we store patterns of perceptions, feelings, words and different experiences – all of them...

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