As One Door Closes…

When you go through a doorway, what happens to your memory? According to new research, the act of walking through a doorway opens a new “episode” of memory, so that information from the previous room becomes harder to recall. This rings true from everyday experience. When was the last time you went upstairs to fetch…

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Why Does Metaphor Matter?

I’m a passionate enthusiast for metaphor (as regular readers may have noticed). There’s a reason for that. Metaphor matters because it’s the native language of the unconscious mind… and it’s the unconscious mind which determines the bulk of human behaviour. Traditionally the unconscious or subconscious mind has been seen as a dark, mysterious place, scene…

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Motivating your elephant

You possibly already know that we all have an elephant and a rider. The “elephant” is a metaphor for all the parts of your system that lie outside your own conscious awareness, while the “rider” is that small percentage of your being that you’re consciously aware of – probably less than 5 per cent of…

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The listener’s expression matters

Recent research has confirmed what great listeners have always known – the way the a listener behaves makes a huge difference to the quality of information they receive from the speaker. The British Psychological Society reports on a study which demonstrated this experimentally. A group of students watch a short film and then described it…

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