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Utilising Autogenic Metaphor
How do people make use of their metaphors and
symbols once they’ve identified them? This
is such a natural thing for us to do that we had not appreciated the
extent to which some people can develop a new metaphor but then do not know
what to do with it. They do not naturally link their
metaphors to changing behaviour or perception in their everyday life. We
decided to find out what was happening. We have begun investigating
how people who ARE aware of utilising their metaphors do
this. And this topic will be the focus of the October 5th
Developing Group day.
Metonymy & Part-Whole Relationships
Apart from metaphor, there is another, less well known process that seems to be equally fundamental to language and cognition — metonymy.
Metonymy enables us to use one part or aspect of an experience to stand
for some other part (or the whole) of that experience. Unlike metaphor
which involves two domains of experience, metonymy only requires one.
Mind, Metaphor and Health
Modelling Dynamic Equilibrium
Published in Positive Health
in 2002, we explain why metaphor is a natural way to describe illness
and health, the importance of recognising patient/client metaphors,
and how working within
these metaphors can activate an individual's personal healing process.
First of all, what is dynamic equilibrium?
Second, why make it a topic for the next Developing Group day (1 June 2002)
Third, how do you make use of the idea of dynamic equilibrium to improve your Symbolic Modelling skills?
A Model of Musing: The Message in a Metaphor
« Tout ce que vous voulez savoir et que vous ne
savez pas à qui demander »
Un entretien avec Penny Tompkins et James Lawley,
spécialistes en coaching exécutif
(Translation Noémie Dehouck,
Nadine Lecamus et Anne de Blignières - Original article in
Perspectives to Model By
This article describes a model for a way of thinking during those few seconds when you are pondering what the client has just said. It describes a way of modelling-in-the-moment;
a way to ensure that what you decide to say is maximally informed by the client's
Einstein's Theory of Relativity highlights that WHERE and HOW we perceive makes a difference to WHAT we perceive. We have noticed that people who are experienced at using Symbolic Modelling do not seem to perceive the client's information from any of the traditional NLP "Perceptual Positions". So, where and how are they gathering information and constructing their model?
The Magic of Metaphor
What is Emergence?
"Learning to read the language of symbols has a positive effect on your self-image and energy. You do not have to wait for a crisis to see things symbolically and accurately. You can start wherever you are." Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts
This article is about learning to use your personal metaphors and symbols in order to read and understand your own symbology. Your metaphors enable you to know yourself and and understand your life in a new way.
Metaphors In Mind: A Case Study
to have another piece of knowledge called 'emergence'; rather it is to learn to think and operate in a new way. A way that is congruent with the subject matter: bottom-up, circular feedback loops, indirect control. While we may talk about
emergence, our aim is to create conditions for you to 'think emergently'.
What do you do as a therapist, teacher, doctor or manager when your client, student, patient or colleague says "It's like I'm hitting my head against a brick wall" or "I'm so wound up I can't see straight" or "Things keep getting on top of me"? This article describes a way for individuals to discover how their metaphors are organized and, if they wish, what needs to happen for them to change so that they have a different perception of the world.