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Metaphors

Q: What Happens When an Athlete Suffers a Concussion? A: Poetry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Tom Lombardo spent his late teens and early 20s playing football as a running back at a state champion Western Pennsylvania high school, and then at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Your Cancer Metaphors Don't Comfort Me

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

My cancer doesn't have motives, free will, or spite. I find no solace in telling it to f*ck off, or claiming I'm beating/fighting/standing up to it. It's no coincidence that these metaphors are generally the slogans of fundraising campaigns.

God as a 'Scientific Object'

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

We shouldn't focus on God in reality (because we will never understand God in that way) and should instead focus on God as we understand the divine right now, which can change and grow based on new knowledge, the way scientists have thought of and talked about scientific objects.

What Are Your Metaphors for Success?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise M. Wilbanks

How's that for a rich lesson? In real life, flexibility is synonymous with playfulness and open-mindedness. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." Sounds a lot like rigidity, if you ask me.

Revising Your Novel: How to Use Fresh Images and Add Emotional Depth to Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whether you drafted a new novel in November for NaNoWriMo or you're in the middle of a multi-year writing project, one key task in revising your book will be to comb (or machete) your way through it to see whether the imagery is as fresh and original as possible.

The Consequences of Our Games

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 03.03.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

We choose friends with benefits or Internet porn over romantic relationships as they are less messy, more efficient. We order in and eat out because who has time to cook, let alone garden. We have less time for everything and simply have no time for idle chat (i.e., conversation).

Choose Your Words, Choose Your Future

Ted Harro | Posted 02.16.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

The funny thing about the whole fiscal cliff scenario is that we're surprised about how paralyzed our system is. It's like our whole country is shaking its head as we watch a car driven by Barack Obama and John Boehner careen toward the cliff with Harry Reid and Ben Bernanke riding shotgun. Only it's an SUV.

The Transformational Power of Storytelling

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

While myths, as vehicles for conveying wisdom, have been around since the beginning of human history, the therapeutic use of metaphor -- the subtly structured "story with a message" -- is a more recent development.

Jason Linkins

Fiscal Cliff Primer: Should America Dread A Downgrade?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

No.* *We explain this in the video above....

Jason Linkins

Fiscal Cliff Primer: Is The Nation Really Facing a 'Fiscal Cliff'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

No. (We explain this in the video above.)...

How Metaphors Change Our Thinking

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Books
Christy Matta, M.A.

With a metaphor we may "switch on a light" and realize that we have been trying to "plant flowers in a tornado" or have been "drifting aimlessly at sea." These simple images can help us change our automatic thought patterns to healthier and more adaptive thinking.

5 Metaphors to Explain Romney's Tax Plan

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Dr. Faheem Younus

Where is the guy who pulled our car out of the ditch? Remember? In May of 2010 when President Obama encapsulated a ton of economic jargon for the ave...

Education Is War, According to a Term-Paper Mill: A Metaphor to Justify By

Susan D. Blum | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Susan D. Blum

As long as we have not made the case for the merit of the content and process of education, the war and the game will persist. Students will find ways around the requirements. And the UnemployedProfessors will find plenty of jobs scamming the system they regard as corrupt.

The Power of Metaphors in Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.19.2012 | Business
Soren Petersen

Creating and using vivid, imaginative and comprehensive metaphors can arm a team with a shared sense of what is needed and help to synchronize their efforts. This may make intuitive sense to us all; however, actually experiencing this process will make one a true believer.

Metaphor and Health Care: On The Power to Make Metaphor Into Law

George Lakoff | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

Metaphor is central to law, as Citizens United showed by making the metaphor Corporations Are Persons into a law. This week's likely judgment was prefigured in the 2008 Republican presidential race when Rudolph Giuliani likened health care to a flat screen TV.

15 Hilarious Metaphors From School Essays: 'He Was As Tall As A 6'3" Tree'

Posted 03.15.2012 | Teen

As the editors of HuffPost Teen, we can't sing the praises of awesome teen writers enough. We've read enough teen-written work to know that high scho...

The Hostage-Taking Metaphor Paints Democrats As Weak

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Democrats need to stop saying, in effect, "the other guys are strong and we're weak." It's lame and whiny and no way for a party to brand itself.

Why Aren't You Watching The Clone Wars?

Bryan Young | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Bryan Young

Interestingly, the animated series Clone Wars has tackled issues ranging from the banking industry, political corruption, lobbyists and corporate greed to the morality and ethics of war, and the right to health care.

TSA as a Metaphor

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

If you're thinking of traveling, get ready to do what air travelers do -- prepare to pay more and to be violated beyond any level you could have imagined a few years ago. And be assured the blame is bi-partisan.

No Way, Hemingway!

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Klima

Ernest Hemingway once famously said that in order for one to be a man, a guy had to do four things: 1.) Plant a tree 2.) Fight a bull 3.) Have a son 4.) Write a book.

Ben Craw

The Comprehensive Goldman Sachs Metaphor Reel (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Craw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Are you confused by the recent bombshell civil fraud charges leveled by the SEC at Wall Street mega-firm Goldman Sachs? Can't tell your collateralized...

Signs of Intelligent Life: Group Smarts

Gerald Sindell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerald Sindell

When someone speaks, how long will it take for you to make a judgment about their knowledge, their communication skills, and even their intelligence?

Jason Linkins

Bush Sent Gonzales To The Hospital (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Man, you turn Marcy Wheeler loose on an IG report, and her eye just seeks heat. Today, Wheeler's getting praise for catching this detail in the uncla...

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Kind Of Gets A Metaphor Right!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As his most fervent critics are fond of pointing out, any time you get wind that Thomas Friedman is about to attempt a metaphor, it's best to evacuate...

"Uncle Grumpy -- On Race"

Earl Pomerantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Pomerantz

At some point, maybe science had something to do with it, maybe folks just came to their senses, there was a liberating change. The "handedness" issue became irrelevant.