Metaphor Awareness and Skills: Learning a Few Good Metaphors

World Mediation Forum

6 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2005

Date Written: September 11, 2005

Abstract

This paper discusses in general how metaphors are basic to human thought, and in particular the paper documents metaphors occurring with high frequency in mediation and negotiation dialog. The author argues that if a mediator were skilled with just these few metaphor domains, he or she would find frequent opportunity to apply that skill to better facilitate the mediation process. A three-level curriculum is outlined for mediators to become metaphor-aware.

Keywords: Metaphor, mediator training, cognition, communications

Suggested Citation

Smith, Thomas H., Metaphor Awareness and Skills: Learning a Few Good Metaphors (September 11, 2005). World Mediation Forum. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=805185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.805185

Thomas H. Smith (Contact Author)

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Boulder, CO 80304
United States

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