Have you ever heard this idiom – ‘you could cut the air with a knife’? Generally-speaking, it is a term that describes a tense situation between people and, at times, there is a sense of foreboding that something unpleasant is about to happen. When I looked up the derivation I did not find a lot to draw from. However, here is one commentator’s attempt at a physiological explanation:
“I suggest it's to do with the fact that people hold back their breath in tense situations…Whatever the reason, there must be a consensus between people as to when the air is free and pleasant, easy to breathe, or the exact opposite: a physical presence, unfree and heavy, impossible to breathe, so that one could cut it with a knife.”
For me there is a strong physical and visual in this phrase – you could cut the air with a knife – and I have experienced the sensation when in conflict or observing others. It does feel like the air is thick with high and intense emotions and other things that you too may identify in your own interpersonal disputes or those you see or hear.
This week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) are aimed at readers who understand the experience inherent in these words as they relate to a specific conflict in which you are currently involved.
What other ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) may you add here?
Originally posted at www.cinergycoaching.com/blog/