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Issue: 
Publication Date: 
10/1989
Page Count: 
9
Starting Page: 
33
Price: $10.00
Abstract: 
Verbal metaphors and their behavioral counterparts are discussed within the context of pre and perinatal issues. The major developmental stages are illustrated by the patient's use of language. These metaphors may emerge frequently in casual conversation or during periods of stress throughout life. As an example phrases such as "no way out" express the energy bound in prolonged labor and "being pulled in all directions" is related to a forceps assisted delivery. The baby's reaction to physical and psychological experiences during gestation may be discerned from verbal cues. These symbolic statements offer new possibilities in the realm of diagnosis and psychotherapeutic treatment.
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Sandra G. Landsman, Ph.D.

Sandra G. Landsman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and healer in private practice in Jupiter, Florida. Address correspondence to the author at P.O. Box 7134, Jupiter, FL 33468-7134.

JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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