Andrea M. Delligatti, Ph.D.
Psychologist    •    Executive Coach    •    Mediator
"Offering optimism within the context of reality"
The "Gordian Knot" is a metaphor for an intractable problem eventually solved by the ability to "think outside the box" to achieve success.

Glass sculpture of a Gordian Knot

Legend of the Gordian Knot

In ancient times, there was a country that had no legitimate king. An oracle decreed that the next man to enter the city with an ox-cart should become king. A poor peasant named Gordius arrived in the public square with his wife, an ox-cart and, indeed, he was declared King. In gratitude to the gods, he dedicated his ox-cart to Zeus, tying it to a post with a highly intricate knot, later known as a Gordian Knot. Another oracle foretold that the person who untied the knot would rule all of Asia.

People came and went from the city for centuries and no one was able to loosen the knot. Then in the 4th Century B.C. while wintering in Gordium, a young man approached the ox-cart, but could find no loose end to unbind the knot. After careful consideration, he took his sword and unfastened the knot by slicing it in half. That young man was later known as Alexander, the Great!

What is your Gordian Knot?

Sometimes, we are confronted with our own "Gordian Knot" that is so complex and intertwined that it has defied all attempts to loosen it. Often, the more determined we are to "untie the knot," the tighter it becomes! We feel stuck, frustrated, overwhelmed.

However, with professional assistance you can begin to view your Gordian Knot from different perspectives and discover the solutions that have previously eluded you.

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