Metaphors that wreck lives!
|Metaphor underlies many of our
communications. We compare something we wish to express with something we can see or
experience. For example, a very common metaphor is that of war. Boardroom battles, Battle
of the Sexes, Fighting for Your Rights, Giving her a Blasting, Destroying the Opposition,
This is a Minefield - you get the idea! If the idea of war and battle underlies our
interactions, what do you think will happen? What will happen to your body, its stress
level? What will happen to your communications? Does this metaphor have the seeds of
destruction for everyone concerned? After all, in a real war, no one really wins. Using
the language of war can make things sound exciting, but do we pay too high a price for our
pleasure? Note the personal casualties of business and you get your answer!
Common metaphors are those of:
The first and the last are probably better than the image of war. Another image in Personal Development. One develops
We do not obtain Victory, but a Win-Win Solution.
We do not overcome the opposition, we excel.
The metaphors we use influence us in a hidden way, and sometimes make our lives difficult because the metaphor is stressful, causes conflict, and obscures solutions.
Are you aware of how easy it is to change when you know how to?
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