Magnetic Field

Ideas are Magnetic Objects with Opposing Poles

  • Description of motion:  Hands clasp and then flip.  
  • Example:  "I see your point, but you should look at the other side of it."
  • Use:  Reverses/flips an idea to show the counterpoint.
  • Metaphor:  Ideas are Magnetic Objects with Opposing Poles.    
  • Explanation:  This specific gesture implies not only that Ideas are Objects, but that these objects are like magnets where each side has an opposite force.  Flipping a magnetic object over is showing its opposing force.  We think of ideas in this magnetic way because some ideas also seem to have two polar opposite views that seem to push against each other.  Much like a magnet, flipping an abstract concept over is inverting its meaning as well, thus the hands clasp the object and flip it over.
  • Origin:  Possible connection to our experience with magnetism.