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Creative Metaphor

Metaphor & Physiology

November 5, 2009 — by Daryll Scott2

This week one of my clients sent me a link to a very satisfying BBC radio programme about using metaphor for healing and I responded with the story below. Having written it I thought it was worth blogging…

A couple of years ago on the celebrity dancing thing, Kate Garraway from GMTV was a contestant and performed really badly. She began with an injury (which could well have been an indication of unconscious resistance) and then went through the motions of flopping around for a few weeks and being consistently criticised by the judges.

During her last week she developed a mystery back problem – it was very painful for her but the medical professionals we unable to find anything wrong.

Regardless, she had her back strapped up with what looked like loads of strips of plaster and bravely took to the dance floor to dance the tango on the night. The music started – It was The Killers, ‘Somebody told me’.

There first lyric of the song is: “Breaking my back just to know your name…”

She must have heard those words a hundred times that week like a mantra – and the conscious being consumed with the trance induction of learning a dance – surely it could easily have gone in at a deep level.

Here’s a game for you… think of your late teens – what was the song lyric that echoes around in there??? Is this interesting? Better still – are you aware of the simple mantra-like phrases that you run like operating software in your system?

If you want to see it – here’s the dance:


  • Steve Bauer

    October 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hey Scott!

    Great little bit to chew on…

    John Grinder once said that metaphors are the natural language of the unconscious mind.

    Your story illustrates it perfectly!




  • John

    February 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Really a nice post. I would love to read more of such nice posts. This made me search for more about Metaphors and I stumbled upon a book with ready to use Metaphors in Kindle store. Thought of sharing with all with hope that it may also help others as it did to me. It can be found at – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LGTR30 . Metaphors given in book are really interesting and price is value for money.


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