I have also used the metaphor many times, just to give a fashionable modernity to a conversation, without thinking much about it.
And then this picture from a friend; and it says what I said just above!
Elephant in the room is about a big thing or problem that people ignore. Now the elephant is seeking therapy for being ignored.
That’s interesting! And I just wanted to see what the net says about it.
“informal. If you say there is an elephant in the room, you mean that there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about. Difficult situations and unpleasant experiences. a (heavy) cross to bear idiom”.
“The elephant in the room is of US origin dating back to 1950.it was first published in Charleston Gazette in July in 1952.In a recent show in sept. 2006 British artist Banksy set the phrase in visual form.The phrase means an open mistake which is known to everybody”.
“Elephant in the room” is a metaphorical idiom in English for an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss”.
The poor elephant! Give him a break!