We had lots of fun in class today as discussion centered on the German idiom: Innerer Schweinehund. Simply put, your Schweinehund is that inner voice that encourages you to lay in bed for a bit longer, (when you know you should get up) or to skip the gym “just this once.” The Germans really do have a word for everything, don’t they?
After reading the textbook explanation of the phrase, we broke into groups to compare our inner “pig-dog’s” words. No surprise, everyone in our group had a Schweinehund they were working to overcome. We all loved the idea of anthropomorphizing that voice, and agreed that the phrase was somehow perfectly accurate. So the next time you struggle to achieve your goal, remember to tell your Innere Schweinehund to pipe-down, and see if it helps!