In current social psychology, the self is conceptualized as a " set of beliefs " (Baumeister, 1998). As there is no direct way to observe the self, a large part of self-knowledge remains tacit. Researchers mostly analyze " traces of the self " represented in language, for example as metaphors. It is argued that language can be conceptualized as symbolic… (More)
The analysis of metaphors is a classical research theme in linguistics, but has received very little attention in psychological research so far. Metaphor analysis—as conceptualized in cognitive linguistics—is proposed here as a qualitative method for psychological research for several reasons. Metaphors are culturally and socially defined, yet they also… (More)
OBJECTIVES Lung recipients undergo a complex psychological process, including organ integration and processing of attitudes towards the organ donor. DESIGN Seventy-six lung recipients were asked to participate in a cross-sectional questionnaire study on the psychological processing of lung transplants. METHODS The questionnaire consisted of statements… (More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the interplay between personality factors and metaphorical schemas. The " Big Five " personality factors of 20 patients after lung transplantation were examined with the NEO-FFI. Patients were questioned about their social network, and self-and body-image. The interviews were assessed with metaphor analysis.… (More)
OBJECTIVE Psychosocial aspects have been investigated in transplant medicine mainly by the means of various structured questionnaires. To date only few interview data are available on patients thoughts about their self, the transplanted lung or the medication, and the relationship between these thoughts and compliance or gender. METHODS Twenty patients… (More)
Handlungsfeldern im Wissensmanagement [CMW02] [Mo02].