Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
not quite agree on metaphors. the point of a metaphor is to paint a mental image and if you paint the wrong or not an appropriate mental image, the results will not be what you intended, like BTS was saying: people will start tugging on the extremitities thinking "anchor"... "anchor"..."anchor"... instead of thinking more appropriate thoughts like "flex"... "float" etc.
the metaphors one uses should paint an appropriate mental image, one that gives the desired resulting behavior.
ps the anchor here is not the worst, but they/we could do better... the basic need is just to separate feet and hands movements from the body... but the body is not an anchor - there is serious tension and "counteraction" in the body itself to separate from the feet and resist rotational momentum etc - that's what the "anchor" picture disrupts, as it simply precludes these notions of the body itself tensioning and "counter-acting" to stuff. As you know, when you direct the skis to the one side, the body itself tends to fall/incline to the inside, which tendency you have to counter-act with an actual counter-balancing movement of the core body, to keep it upright and angulated over the skis instead... a heavy ship or an anchor has no need whatsoever to counter-act anything... in my mental pictures at least, anyways.
ps 2. to give you an example, for flexing in transition, I don't use the classic "tunnel" or "low ceiling" metaphors which i think are bad as well (kids hunch forward, lower shoulders, compress neck and all kinds of crazy behaviours due to that one wrong mental image)..... I use in stead "sitting on a toilettt seat" which is shocking enough to be memorable and causes the perfect behavior of keeping the hips low (maybe a little back?) with no other side effects. Here is exactly the effect that I'm trying to create and that is a very direct metaphor, while the others are not:
Edited by razie - 10/23/14 at 10:38am