What the alphabet has to teach us starting with the letter A
This is a follow up to the introductory article "What the Alphabet has to teach us." These are some of the words from various workshops. The workshops were given in various groups: grief; illness groups like heart, pain, cancer; church and community settings addressing any life transition.
The lists here under the letter A does not include all the words. Many times I would not start with a list but blank newsprint and take words from the group and asking how many identify with this word. I would write the word count down. These are words. often heard and written down. Based on some research have each person write the down may provide a deeper form of expression. See the research by Dr. Pennybaker.
The full exercise is a journey in naming the pan and identifying in a word the story that lies behind the word.
Although I have the word anger as number five in this list it often comes up sooner and almost always within the first five. Especially in a group where grief is being addresses the word can appear first.
Most of these words are orientation words, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. Nouns are named. There were not as many under A. Bunker came up under B Tunnel.
For a more thorough understanding of and orientation metaphors I encourage all to read Metaphors we live by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. The PDF is the book. The chapter on orientation will give her some background.
by I i Word - Related articlesix xi. 1. Concepts We Live By. 2. The Systematicity of Metaphorical Concepts. 3. MetaphoricalSystematicity: Highlighting and. Hiding. 4. Orientational Metaphors.
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