I discovered Lakoff’s book around ‘92, if I recall correctly. I found his discussions of metaphors exceedingly useful, but I am not sure to what extent their use is fundamental to our thought processes—that is, not sure if there is a strong argument that we are neurally wired in some way that favors to metaphorical thought as opposed to some other thought structures or processes.
When I was younger, there was a time when I was excited about language-shapes-perception type theories. I haven’t ruled them out, but I am neutral on them now. I think that is part of Lakoff’s view. I am fine with the parts I remember of his arguments, but I would need to read (or remember) more deeply before I would ready to completely drain that draught.
Lakoff has another book that I remember fondly, called “Women, Fire and Dangerous Things.” I would like to revisit it sometime soon. I just did an online search for him. Found a Wiki entry that mentions his views and other books. I might take a look at his other writing if time permits.