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Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory as a Metaphor for Alcoholism

Jeff Sandoz
The Jaynesian, 2007, 1 (2).


Family therapists utilize a technique known as the metaphor as a therapeutic shorthand for the description of repetitive behavioral patterns. I will extend Jaynes's metaphor of the bicameral mind to describe the actions associated with alcoholism. Other ideas will be joined as one might connect the pieces together of a jigsaw puzzle. Taken in their entirety these implicit comparisons offer a montage of images and ideas that aim to promote greater understanding of the process of alcoholism and recovery.