12 TIPS FOR USING METAPHORS TO SHOW EMPATHY

In The Joy of Conflict Resolution, Gary Harper examines the use of metaphors to enhance our listening skills--and our ability to empathize.

Metaphors can help us relate to other people's experiences -- and better describe our own.  Here are some examples adapted from his book:

 

1.    End of your rope...

2.    Out of the loop...

3.    See you as the heavy...

4.    Between a rock and a hard place...

5.    We need a better road map...

6.    Sounds like a broken record...

7.    Flying by the seat of your pants...

8.    Hitting a wall...

9.    The rug's been pulled out from under your feet...

10.  He's like a lone wolf...

11.  Out on a limb....

12.  Hung out to dry... 

Read related article: SHOWING EMPATHY JUST FEELS PHONY

 

*  Adapted from Gary Harper, The Joy of Conflict Resolution, New Society Publishers, 2004


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