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Being Metaphor: A Metacognitive Strategy Part II
By MaryAngela Nangini
Last edited: Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2001

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Being Metaphor incorporates efficacies of other models for transformative learning

Being Metaphor: From Attribute Listing, to Analogy, to "Being Metaphor" "Metaphorical thinking refers to transferring ideas from one situation to a new context, thus producing a new relationship." Gary A. Davis Janusian thinking or mental mobility is a characteristic of creative people who have a "strong tendency to think in terms of opposites and contraries while they seek a new synthesis of ideas. They often think in analogies and metaphors, and as a matter of course, challenge assumptions." (OMNI, 1989, p.101) Metaphor or "the transfer" of words or objects is called "meta-language" because it is about language itself. In the theories of the Julian Jaynes, metaphors or analogues of behaviour in the physical world are lexical fields of consciousness. "The metaphor of our being is literally stretched like a screen between brain hemispheres and between referents like growing, breathing and standing out" (Hampden-Turner, p.144). From the metaphor or analogy, I worked backwards and retraced the steps to get to it. By reversing the process, I reached the common denominator of the contextual references -the attributes. Attributes are compared and contrasted and questioned, reversed, and opposed, to find the best fitting relationship between two references. By listing all the attributes about an object, or quality of a person, or symbol of interpretation for a place or song, observational skills are being honed to catch and read the particular uniqueness of what is being observed. From concrete to abstract, from simple to complex, then slide rule the concepts found so that complex-simple can be turned into simple-complex as needed and with ease in either fields concrete or abstract, and in either modes random or sequential (Gregorc). 

Gregorc's Learning Styles, Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle, Hunt's C-RE-A-T-E Cycle are incorporated harmoniously to The Four Phases of Being and the metacognitive strategy Being Metaphor assists with the development of a fundamental literacy of 'Being' through the celebration of uniqueness of attributes in our individuality (autopoiesis), interrelatedness and connectiveness through analogy within our evolutionary history (differentiation), and through a reverent, empathic, sustainability of caring for our community (communion): The Cosmogenetic Principle in action. (Swimme & Barry, 1992)  





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