By reviewing these metaphor examples in the list of metaphors, you'll see that they offer a fun little twist to our english language. It is this bit of mind bending that has made them so popular as a Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) tool... they make us think and process information differently.
You'll see by looking at the list of metaphor examples below that in it's most common form, a metaphor likens one thing to another.
Although... it does not use the words 'like' or 'as'. It basically says one thing 'is' another.
Most often, the subjects have no major similarities between one another. The comparison may be based on one particular aspect, and on a less obvious quality.
By comparing or likening two diverse things, our minds are called to process information in a new way. We are offered a new dimension to understanding, and given the opportunity to see the world in a new light. This is a potent gift of sensory language, and an attribute that has made metaphors so popular as a neuro linguistic programming (NLP) tool.
Play around with the concept and think up some of your own. Put in your two cents towards NLP and english language teaching, and share your examples of metaphors. I'll add them to the list.
More subtle forms of metaphors include 'dead metaphors' and 'complex metaphors'. Both of these types are evident in simple
It is great to use a variety of metaphors in your everyday speech. It's fun, and it helps paint a bigger and brighter picture for people's understanding.
The book on the right, A Sprinkling of Magic, uses everyday metaphor examples to guide you through the elements that make up a great metaphor. Then, step by step you are taken by the hand to formulate your own powerful metaphor stories!
Some of the occasions when metaphors add effectiveness to your meaning include when you are:
teaching - anytime you want to convey meaning to help someone understand a principle or lesson, metaphors are useful
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