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Metaphoring: Creating Shared Narratives of Emotions by Camp Curiosity (Europe and Asia)

January 8, 2022 at 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

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ii’s very own Camp Curiosity hosts Jeeva Vijay, Helena Ng, and Luke Butler invite you to a wholesome gathering to inspect our emotional experiences through collective metaphor building.

This event is a rerun of last month’s Metaphoring salon, and is now adapted for European and Asian timezones.

Whether it’s as stiff as a dead leaf, or as tumultuous as the rolling storm…we each experience a wide range of emotions that are rooted in our own unique biology and psychology. Have you ever wondered how others experience the same emotion? Could it be that larger cultural and societal forces affect our emotional experiences? Not to mention, our very own memories or trauma? Is there a way for us to map each of our unique experiences into a rich cartography of collective emotions?

In this workshop salon, Camp Curiosity members co-host a novel metaphor-building game developed through our curious explorations together. Participants will hand-pick an emotion from the feelings wheel and everyone is encouraged to come up with metaphors to describe their relationship with that particular emotion. Then, we’ll discuss the metaphors and try to stitch them together in search of collective meaning.

This salon is perfect for those who are looking to experience different textures in emotions and to gain a wider understanding of the human condition, as perceived through another individual’s metaphor. We invite you to participate with a light heart and deep curiosity. 

About Camp Curiosity

Camp Curiosity is a group of curious Interintellect members who first found each other through Helena Ng’s Down the Rabbit Hole salon series. During one particular salon which lingered into a passionate, 5-hour discussion on emotional awareness, the group of kindred spirits developed a spontaneous game of metaphoring and exchanged personal stories to understand more about each other’s emotions. 

Pre-Salon Preparation

Co-host Luke Butler shares his thoughts on the metaphoring journey:



Reading List

Recommended Reading and Watching

Feeling, in situ (Aeon)

Tapping into the Power of Metaphors (FrameWorks Institute)

Inside Out – Pixar

Optional Reading

How Emotions are Made – The Secret Life of the Brain

by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Storytelling agents: why narrative rather than mental time travel is fundamental

by Rosa Hardt

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

by David Whyte



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January 8, 2022
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm GMT
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Helena Ng
Jeeva Vijay Prasath
Luke Butler