Title: Metaphoric Processes and Organisational Change: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective
Author: Michael A. Diamond
Abstract: Metaphor is more than a linguistic tool; it is a deep process of the human mind. As such, it is a core part of how we develop relationships and communicate with each other. As a deep process, it is both cognitive and emotional. Metaphoric fluidity is a key feature of psychological processes supporting our efforts to cross borders and boundaries. Metaphor is a deep and surface, psychological and linguistic, mode of communicating embodied experience that is beyond words. This article argues that metaphoric fluidity is central to organisational change, and that frozen metaphoric processes, illustrated by the “silo” metaphor and case example, block change. What is most human is not rationalism but the uncontrolled and incontrollable continuous surge of creative radical imagination.