Wellness Calendar: Monday 22 April

The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room is a huge, unresolved issue that hangs over a group of people, unspoken, yet very much there in the silences and pauses and in the things the people say or do not say. It never goes away or diminishes in size unless it’s eventually spoken about.

The elephant in the room is very much about repression – a cover-up, a whitewash, an inability to discuss something difficult. It’s often about a taboo subject such as domestic abuse, mental and physical ill health, an addiction, sexual abuse, incest, death and loss, feuds, immorality, crime, abandonment and infidelity.

“Oh, please, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. For if I cannot, then you are leaving me... alone...
in a room... with an elephant.”
Terry Kettering, The Elephant in the Room

Do you have an elephant in your room? Can you say what it is and what stops you from speaking of it?