Your Divided Mind: The Emotional Elephant and the Rational Rider

Today in The Change Lab we’re talking about the power of metaphors. 

The figures of speech we use to describe the mind inform how we relate to it and work with it. If you think of your mind as a garden, then your job is to be a gardener. If you think of the mind as a computer, then your job is to update the software. If you think of your mind as a conference room full of competing committee members, then your job is to mediate the conflict. 

Metaphors are powerful. And in this episode, Dr. Heinz will share the metaphor she uses to illustrate the inner tension between our reason and our emotions: The elephant and the rider. You’ll never think about your mind in quite the same way.

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