Restructuring Metaphors: Using Mental Re-Mapping in Cognitive Coaching

  • Kasper Assing SmithEmail author
Original Article


This article outlines different aspects of dealing with metaphors within the cognitive coaching framework. It focuses on the connection between metaphor, language and perception. Metaphors are an intimate part of most linguistic expressions. Since coaching is a structured verbal interaction it involves the exchange of metaphors between a client and a coach. The cognitive coaching literature concentrates mainly on techniques that help clients to pinpoint logical inconsistencies in their thinking. Such techniques have proven to be very helpful, but not all clients have the ability to benefit from this traditional rational disputing. In these situations the coach can make use of another technique, which still derives from cognitive principles. The first part of the article focuses on the theoretical aspects of metaphors as linguistic expressions while the second part addresses a specific client case. Suggestive techniques on how to restructure metaphors are described in connection with the client case.


Cognitive coaching Language Perception Metaphors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TDC A/SCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Aarhus CDenmark

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