Metaphorical Thinking and Delusions in Psychosis

Felicity Deamer, Sam Wilkinson

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This paper explores how metaphorical thinking might contribute to an aetiology of florid delusions in psychosis. We argue that this approach helps to account for the path from experience to the delusional assertion, which, though relatively straightforward for monothematic delusions like the Capgras delusion, has always been difficult to account for in florid delusions in psychosis. Our account also helps to account for double book-keeping and the relative agential inertia of the belief.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication(In)coherence of Discourse
Subtitle of host publicationFormal and Conceptual Issues of Language
EditorsMaxime Amblard, Michel Musiol, Manuel Rebuschi
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-71434-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-71433-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameLanguage, Cognition, and Mind
ISSN (Print)2364-4109
ISSN (Electronic)2364-4117


  • Delusions
  • Inner speech
  • Metaphorical thinking
  • Psychosis


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