It turns out there is a deeper truth behind metaphors like "heavy situation," "rough day" and "hard-hearted."
- Our sense of touch influences how we feel and act in unrelated situations.
- There is a deeper truth behind metaphors like "heavy situation," "rough day."
- By understanding the connections between touch, feelings and actions, you may be able to influence what other people think or do.
Sitting on a hard chair, carrying a heavy bag, or leaning against the rough bark of a tree can subconsciously affect the way we feel about other people and the decisions we make about how to act in completely unrelated situations, suggests a new study.
The study was one of the first to probe metaphors about the sense of touch -- such as a heavy subject or a rough day -- and to find that those metaphors have real-world consequences in what we think and do.
The findings might help people learn how to influence the thoughts and behaviors of others. Giving a potential employer something heavy to hold, for example, could make her take you more seriously.