Have you ever examined the metaphors hidden in language? What does it mean to say you’re “holding something in”? Is that merely a figure of speech? Or does that contain deep insights into language, thought, and body posture?
As the research of George Lakoff shows, we should be mindful of our language. We should examine the words we use for the deep metaphors contained therein. We must look for the metaphors we live by (Amazon)? See also, conceptual metaphors (Wiki).
Once you begin to uncover these deeply-held metaphors, you will find the answer to all of life’s problems. You will learn how to use your body language and body posture to change your mode of thinking.
In my latest YouTube video, I show you how to “let go” of anger and how to “distance yourself from your emotions.”
By the way, I did this video in under 5 minutes in one take. I did not have to think about or rehearse this video. All I had to do was:
- Read your question.
- Examine the question for the metaphor it contains.
- Find a solution to the metaphorical riddle by altering the body’s posture.
- To change your thought, change your language – the words you speak and your body language.
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This, by the way, was the reader question:
My question is in your podcast you provided some mental exercises and techniques for mastering your anger, do you have anything similar you could recommend for distancing yourself from emotions and learning not to give a damn about other people’s opinion -i.e. adopt a more stoic mindset/attitude? I work in business development/sales and am good at presenting and closing but deal with a lot of very negative and low-consciousness people. While I’m working towards a career change and building a side hustle I’m also looking at ways to survive and maintain a positive attitude in the face of more and more work (company is too greedy to hire support staff and engineers) and extreme harassment/abuse from small (unprofitable and entitled) clients until I’m ready to move/quit. Any advice or resources you could point me to would be much appreciated.