Tuesday, May 18

The inescapable power of metaphors to shape the way we see the world

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Metaphors do more than color life.

Have you been between a rock and a hard place? In a dead end? Have you felt under the magnifying glass and the situation had you fuming?

Our everyday speech is full of metaphors.

As the poet Paul Muldoon said, “The urge to find the similarity between different things is very basic to us.”

But metaphors are not just for poets. They shape our beliefs, attitudes, and actions in ways we don’t even notice.


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