Are Spots Proverbs: The Use of Slogans and Spots in Self-Help Groups

David S. Azzolina (University of Pennsylvania)

Self help groups became ubiquitous in the 20th century and continue to thrive today. One of their common characteristics is the use of various kinds of phrases that are proverbial in nature to help correct perceived distortions in thinking to help achieve mental health. These groups often have etic terminology for their expression. This paper will look at those used by the famous twelve-step groups, where they are called "slogans," and in the lesser known, Recovery International, where they are called "spots." Additional notice will be made of how cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy make use of similar techniques.

Part of 02-13 Proverb(s), Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm