A Metacognitive Perspective on Internal Dialogues and Rhetoric: Derived from the Details of the Prodigal Son's Parable

Volume
Volume 43
Issue
Spring 2015
Title
A Metacognitive Perspective on Internal Dialogues and Rhetoric: Derived from the Details of the Prodigal Son's Parable
Abstract

This article explores the reading of the Prodigal Son’s self-talk though the lenses of a metacognitive-dialogical paradigm. The main thrust of the parable is provided and followed by a hypothetical reading of the succinct excerpts of the Prodigal’s internal dialogues and rhetoric, recognizing their ancillary character, illustrative meaning, and contextual purpose. Such processes appear to be involved in metanoia—a change of mind: (a) the son’s attention, perception, and recognition of his negative predicament; (b) his kairotic “aha” experience charged with regret, remorse, and repentance; (c) his inner dialogues—deliberating with self; (d) his mindful detachment, allowing for a purposeful shift to take place, so as to do the right thing; (e) his angst—arising in view of the consequences of his actions—prompting his anticipatory dialogues with the father (a sort of “stress inoculation training” to prepare for the eventual encounter); and (f) his actual decision to enact a purposeful response. The musings derived from such analysis may provide valuable insights into human nature in need of change. The article seeks to integrate biblical-theological insights with psychological principles that can be applied to theoretical and therapeutic endeavors in both disciplines.

Pages
60 - 72
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