Those who work in the mental health field are used to hearing metaphors as a way for their clients to describe what is going on in their lives. These metaphors can sometimes help us cope by being humorous, direct summaries of our current situations, but they can also ignite high levels of distress in certain parts of our brain. These negative impacts on our receptors can cause us to participate in activities that are unhealthy and almost toddler-like. Many refer to this as, “toddler brain”.
- The right metaphor at the right time can truly inspire the person who is on the receiving end.
- The most common metaphors can sometimes ignite negative emotions such as general unease or tension.
- Focusing too much on metaphors instead of transitory feelings can greatly contribute to toddler brain.
“Without metaphor, the written word would have the vitality of technical journals and conversations would be banal or vulgar or hopelessly complex or simply boring.”