The Elephant or the Ferrari

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Social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt developed the analogy of the Rider and the Elephant and the Heath brothers enhanced this model with a third component – the Path.

Sachin Patel came up with another analogy I like: The Ferrari and the Lamp Post.

And I’ve blended them together.

Enjoy the video, and learn more about ‘The Rider, The Elephant and the Path’ below.

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The Rider, The Elephant and the Path

  • Give direction – The Rider represents your rational, analytical side, the part of us that plans and problem solves. It needs to be given a clear direction in which to move.
  • Motivate – The Elephant, which represents your emotional side needs to be motivated to provide the power for the journey.
  • Shape the Path – If you want the Rider and the Elephant to head in a new direction together, you need to shape the Path, the external, situational factors by allowing for easy progress, shortening the distance or removing any obstacles that stand in the way.

The Rider, The Elephant, and The Pathby ptvan.

From Visually.

Written by Dr Chris Pickard

Posted In: Wellness Coaching

Published on 16 Apr 2022


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