- Created: Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:49
- Written by Elizabeth Danziger * WorkTalk Communications Consulting
On April 11, 2011, the following article by David Brooks appeared in the New York Times. Brooks comments on the ubiquity and importance of metaphorical thinking, even outside the realms of literature and poetry.
More than we might realize, we think and speak in metaphors, and whether we realize it or not, the metaphors we create tinge our emotional reactions to the words we see and use. When a victim of financial fraud says he feels “raped”, how do actual rape victims feel? Trivialized, I think. Losing money is not the same as being physically assaulted, but using the metaphor of assault dramatizes the experience.