Limited Language, Using Metaphors

Susan Dearborn

Director of the Pacific Family Mediation Institute

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

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We've used the exact same type of metaphors over and over again and that these metaphors in a sense, limit where people can go, in coming to agreements or even having the discussions and facilitating the issues. The boiler plate language that we're using whether it be the playing fields in terms of leveling a playing field, or in terms of game strategy or whether it is in terms of dividing pies, that what we're using from one person to another through the field, that these are very limiting. These aren't the types of metaphors that will carry us.