Reading Metaphors and Body Language

Listen to metaphors and related “body language.” Body metaphors and sayings sometimes give us the information we need to solve a problem.

When you hear yourself or a client say, “I can’t stomach this” or “That makes me sick” or use similar phrases with references linking stress to physical attributes, stop to consider what that statement might really mean. Asking the right questions in response to such thoughts or comments may provide the insight necessary to address some life-changing issues.

When you hear someone say, “I’m fed up with this” or “I’m shouldering too many things” or “My heart just isn’t in it,” try asking the following questions.

  • In response to, “I’m fed up” or “I can’t stomach this,” ask “What have you been taking in that’s not right for you?” or “Have you taken on too much?”
  • When you hear, “I’m shouldering too much,” ask “How do you decide what you need to pick up?” or “How do you decide what you need to let go of?”
  • If someone says, “My heart isn’t in it,” ask “What would have to happen or change so that you could engage your heart?”

Take advantage of this tip, and you’ll soon find that these types of questions can lead to the discussions necessary to resolve a variety of issues. Metaphorical language is often a communication from the unconscious mind, so learn to listen to it.

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About Terry: Terry Hickey, M.S., is a Certified NLP Professional Coach, Business Trainer and Consultant, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the co-owner of NLP Advantage Group. Originator of the Belief Breakthrough Method™, Terry specializes in teaching coaches and entrepreneurs how to rapidly resolve limiting beliefs about wealth and success. His tips and strategies can help you launch yourself into the future you want… NOW. http://terryhickey.com/

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