Some metaphors can really help us get a grip on the reality that surrounds us, but others can often lead to higher levels of stress. A good example is the classic metaphor, “letting off steam”. Historically, people would suggest punching pillows or dummies in order to help counteract the “steam” that was building up inside of them. This actually just ended up leading to more anger instead of actually resolving any unwanted and dangerous emotions.
- It has been proven through scientific studies that emotions are like muscles, they do not build up and then explode.
- Some metaphors can make others feel needy, aggressive, and even insensitive.
- Make sure that metaphors do not imply any dysfunctional messages before citing them around yourself and others.
“The right metaphors lead to growth and healing, the wrong ones keep us stuck.”