Identifying Risks for Aggression and Depression Through Metaphors: The Mouse, The Bride, and the Use of Humor
In this book, Rawley Silver proposes that responses to a stimulus-drawing task tend to be metaphors that provide access to fantasies and can help in identifying children,adolescents,and adults at risk for harming others or themselves. Respondents tend to perceive the same stimulus-drawings differently. They also seem to represent the subjects they choose as metaphors for themselves and others, just as viewers tend to perceive their metaphorical meanings. Responses are assessed for their self-images and emotional content,and if they suggest humorous intent, the use of humor based on rating scales that range from strongly negative,such as suicidal or homicidal fantasies, scored 1 point; to strongly positive, such as caring relationships or playful humor (5 points).