Metaphors of connection

When people talk about being friends, and about stopping being friends, they use metaphors that are about being close to another person, often so close that contact is made:

I had to be there for him

keep in touch — lose touch

we were inseparable

we shared an interest in gardening

we were in contact  –  we drifted apart

When sorting out the metaphors, I first tried to distinguish between metaphors of CLOSENESS and metaphors of CONTACT, but decided they overlapped so much it was not justifiable, so now have one grouping labelled (for the time being) CONNECTION. Empathy is also about connecting, metaphorically, with another person, although not someone you’d want as a friend necessarily. That is what makes it challenging.

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