Did you find him?

The man in the beans…

If you’re still looking – congratulations for your determination!!

Really, it’s not that hard, you just have to change your outlook – and perspective.

Go to the bottom third of the picture, and look between the beans…

Found him? Oh yes, he’s there!!

He’s really a metaphor for a bunch of concepts – like persistence, immersing yourself into data, changing your point of view, looking beyond the obvious, investigating, perception.

I find metaphors are great when working with people. I use them a lot.

Some of my metaphors for pain: pain sits on your lap when you’re driving, and what you want to be able to do is throw pain out of the car. You can’t, but you might be able to confine pain to the back seat, or even the boot (trunk for people from the US!).

Another metaphor is the squatter. Pain moves on in to your life, and takes over the kitchen, sitting at your dining table, eating your food, even sleeping in your bed! Sometimes pain comes and sits on your lap while you watch TV or read a book! You might never be able to completely evict your pain, but you can banish it to the garden shed (but watch out, if you’re not vigilant, your pain may well move in again…!).

The metaphor of diabetes management as similar to pain management: with diabetes we don’t think twice about using medication (insulin or whatever) to help control blood sugar levels. But at the same time, we don’t depend only on medications, we also need to consider lifestyle factors like exercise, eating healthy food, managing stress, and monitoring. Pain is similar – we can’t rely on any single thing to manage pain, we need everything we’ve got.

Do you have any metaphors that you use when working with people experiencing chronic ill health? Drop me a line – put in a comment, it’ll be great to share.

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  1. I love this sort of perceptual puzzle!! There are a couple of them on YouTube as well – must search them out and post them up here!!

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