Metaphors and idioms referring to heat often relate to feelings of pressure, discomfort and emotions such as anger (the very states that prevent us having fun in the sun). They generally have negative connotations – such as:
- Taking the heat – putting up with criticism
- Turn the heat up – increasing the pressure
- If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – if you cannot accept the problems of involvement, don’t get involved
- In the heat of the moment – doing or saying something when you are too angry or excited to think properly
- The heat is on – a situation is becoming more difficult and urgent
- In hot water – an uncomfortable situation
- Hot under the collar – angry or agitated
- Too hot to handle – too risky/dangerous
- In the hot seat – a painful or difficult situation
- Like a cat on a hot tin roof – anxious or agitated
The list is endless, but you get the point.
Here’s the problem – because we have anchored a negative response to the word or concept of “heat”, whenever we are told temperatures are going to rise, the danger is that we develop a negative state because of the meaning we have placed on the word. Maybe this is the actual cause of the increase in angry outbursts, road rage etc. when the temperatures soar, rather than the temperature itself.
Personally, I hope it is – because that means we just need to change our thinking (change our metaphors) and our state will change – we really can take the heat off ourselves whilst having fun in the sun.
If you are reading this, then you are part of the resistance and an investor in the future success of us all!