Independent Specialist Speech & Language Therapist in Scotland
Definition of “boxed-in”
Been thinking a lot today about boxes. Not the packaging variety – but the mental constructs formed by human beings to “put the world in its place”.
Its not so much about the words used to describe someone (though that IS important) – its the heart behind it/ the attitude/ the openness to possibility of something different. I hate it when I sense that someone has put me in a box – when they “sum me up” – define me. (E.g the case of “ah yes, she is like this“, “she always does that….”). It makes me feel boxed-in.
Who wants to be forced into a box? A box usually has a lid, and a box may even be sealed shut. There’s no space to spill out of the box unless the lid blows off. A box may place you on the shelf. There is a sense of containment and distance. It lacks a sense of possibility and potential.
My daily challenge to myself is to examine my attitude and spot where I am letting my attitudes get “boxed-in” – we ALL do it. But when we strive do the opposite of “box-in” we will “let go“, “release“, “free“, liberate“.
Antonyms (opposites) for “boxed-in”
let go/ release/ free/ liberate
I know which side of the antonym I want to be as a Speech, Language and Communication Therapist – on the side that points me in the direction of possibility and potential.