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Metaphors give us a way to categorize and make sense of our experiences. Of course, this is based on the notion that we have to quantify things in their discrete entities in order to understand them. Lakoff and Johnson miss the fact that there are other ways to understand things.

Admittedly, though, when we think and act in terms of metaphor, we are highlighting certain aspects of experiences and obscuring others.

The Argument is War analogy, for example, highlights the competitive nature of arguing while downplaying the possible cooperative aspect of argument.

Erica Jean Seidel