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Metaphor is halfway between the unitelligble and the commonplace.
Inspired by listening this yesterday, I started filtering out some metaphores that I said myself and heard others saying. That’s a really interesting thing. Part of my job is developing a social media strategy and I’m working in a really complex networking organisation (which is also the place I fell in love with 😉 Inbetween a workshop I was attending some chit-chat with a colleague happened, and I heard myself talking about a devision of the company beïng ‘a snake-pit’. a few seconds after I said it and when I moved back on my seet, the bell rang. Wow, I’m calling this a snake pit, how come? what does that metaphor mean?
Well noticed, Jos!
I’ve just been recording some of the material for Section 2, Conversational Clean, about using metaphors in conversation, and a couple of points are relevant.
1. it’s usually a lot more difficult to hear your own metaphors than to hear other people’s, so you’re definitely well tuned in
2. For various reasons, the easiest metaphors to hear are metaphors for less-than-pleasant stuff. The fun really starts when you can easily notice metaphors for more positive things – so that’s your next challenge!
When I first came into this page I had no idea what clean language was, now I’m getting the incredible value the information you share has got. I’m really willing to master my clean language skills now.
Delighted to hear it, Balthazar! Enjoy!
Watching these videos is like watching the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle fall into place! Lots of stuff is clicking with me, I cant wait to put this into practice!
Iam enjoying this learning. Until these videos I didnt realise just how many we use.!
Hi Judy Interesting about the going up an escalator influencing mood upwards and about the warm drink affecting feeling warmly towards someone – where is this referenced from? Are there studies showing this? Could you kindly point me to those please. Many thanks.D.
Great info and in nice ‘bite sized pieces’ too (to use another metaphor!) Many thanks. Di
Hi Batinthebelfry, there’s new research coming out on this “embodied cognition” stuff almost every week now.
If you’d like a quick online article, try this on New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527535.100-mind-over-matter-how-your-body-does-your-thinking.html
If you’d like a book, James Geary’s “I Is An Other” is recent and very comprehensive. It also includes a chunk about Clean Language. I think both the escalator and the warm drink are in there, with academic references.
Alistair Donnell (a member of this site) has a list of academic journal articles here: http://www.alistairdonnell.com/blog/embodied-cognition-list-of-free-journal-articles/
Hope this helps,
As a hyponotherapist I do listen to people language and generally how powerless or inspired they sound.
If a person says I can’t dog something I am generally on that statement like a tramp on chips 🙂
(One of my friends metaphors I have adopted) 🙂
Very good videos.
I’m going to read “do” for “dog” – check out Douglas Hofstadter on slips of the tongue/keyboard here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8m7lFQ3njk 🙂