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The Power of Words

The importance of the words we use grows each day, as the speed of communication increases and methods of communication rapidly diversify. Moreover, with the advancement of technology, mankind must produce new words. Centuries ago, no one used words like “internet” or “pixel”. These had not yet been invented, and neither had the corresponding words. We see that humanity’s shared dictionary continues to change and transform over time. Brand-new words are added, while words that are no longer used are gently removed from the pages of this dictionary.

What would it be like to live without words? Would everything be calmer and better, or would life erupt into complete chaos? It is undeniable that even when we communicate with each other using body or sign language they are one of the most important elements that make life easier, considering that we need words. Do you think we can give these actors the proper roles in the proper places?

WORDS IN MY BAG

Childhood is the most formative scene of life, when we first counter words and grow familiar with their power. We carry on our backs whichever words we stuffed in our bag as children and, later, as adults. This bag represents our subconscious. Each person automatically records everything he or she sees and hears during the first seven years of life, like a state-of-the-art computer. It is also possible for children from birth to age 7 to learn more than one language at the same time. There is the other side of the coin. For example, a child always called “clumsy” will likely be clumsy in adulthood at unexpected places and in unexpected ways. This is because years prior, the child’s subconscious was encoded with labels of being clumsy, causing the child to grow up believing this to be true. This is, no doubt, a great task for parents, as they are the child's first role models.

WORD SEEDS

The good news is that it is not so difficult for us to get rid of the influence of words that have settled in our subconscious and that negatively affect our lives. If we succeed, with a little effort, in replacing negative words with positive words, we can improve our lives, in a sense become our own psychologist. Look at your life now. Do you constantly encounter similar situations where you get results that make you unhappy? Do you think, “This time will be different” yet every time grow frustrated with the same result? If the answer is no, you're lucky. If your answer is “yes”, you're lucky again, because you've found the word you need to remove from your subconscious. For example, a person who can't fix his financial situation and can't escape debt, no matter how hard he tries, is probably negatively coded in relation to money in childhood. If he grew up in an environment where phrases like “more money, more problems” or “a great talker is a great liar” were common, then the subconscious will frequently push him to stay away from money. And no matter how much money he earns, he'll find a way to retain it unwittingly.

So let's talk about how to change such encodings that affect our lives in unwanted directions and that constantly work in the background. Dr. Bruce Lipton, a valued scientist with whom I've followed for years admiringly and curiously, is working on two options. The first is “hypnosis”, which we can do with the help of a specialist, and the second is the “repetition” method, which we can do by ourselves. The repetition method has grown in popularity in recent years, often referred to as “affirmation”, is an effective way to clear your subconscious. The person specifies a positive word in place or a sentence that usually does not exceed five words to erase any negative belief that has settled in the subconscious. He keeps repeating it, internally or externally, and in a sense plants seeds into his subconscious. Some people record their affirmations by saying them back to back and who go to sleep each night listening to this recording. Because the more these words are repeated vocally, in writing, or in a recording, the more often these seeds are watered. Thus, profound negative beliefs begin to rot, and new ones grow in their place. A reminder: affirmations are love being frequently watered to be productive and always want to be in the “present tense”. So for those who don't think they're lucky, let's leave an affirmation here: “I was born lucky.”

AGAINST PLACEBO NOSEBO

One of the biggest effects of the power of words is in medicine, specifically in the case of chronic diseases. Words in a doctor’s conversation with a patient can significantly change the patient's view of the situation. For example, when a doctor told a patient that a drug given to the patient would cure his or her disease in three days, but the drug given to the patient was actually candy, it may still be possible for the patient to regain his or her health. It's not the drug that heals the disease but the patient's belief in the drug. This is called the “Placebo Effect” in medicine. Of course, the other side of the coin here is the “Nosebo Effect”. For instance, a patient who discovers that he is in the grips of a incurable disease may be unlikely to respond positively to treatments. In both effects, one must not forget about the strength of words people around the patient use.

Words are capable of changing human sensation and, consequently, body chemistry. That's why we feel bad when hearing words like “war” or “brutality”; our energy drops. Whereas, when we talk about trees, flowers, or the laughter of babies, we are filled with joy. It always feels good to talk about things you love.

THE WAVE EFFECT OF WORDS

Every word we use, hear, or read continues to influence and shape every moment of our lives. If, to the question “How are you?” someone responds with "I am bad", it becomes less likely that he will feel great at that moment. But if he says "Great", it becomes less likely that he will feel tired. Two people, one who starts the day with “What a glorious morning” and another with “What an unlovable morning”, will probably have very different days. Even if they're in the same environment.

The ripple effect of words is stronger than most of us realize. Whether we know it or not, words shape our feelings, feelings shape the way we look at the world, and the nature of this perspective shapes our lives. That's why we all live on the same planet but on different worlds.

SHOULD WE OR SHOULD WE NOT WISH?

“Making wishes” always evokes good and positive concepts. But wishing that sentences made with good intentions for ourselves or someone else often comprise negative words. For example, if you tell someone who just purchased a car "drive safe, and don’t get in an accident", it may remind us of negative situations, regardless of your real intention. Because the word "accident", right in the middle of the sentence, bother you like a bomb ready to explode. Or saying "Never break up" to a new married couple or "I hope you won’t regret this" to a newly employed worker will have similar effects. After all, most people shouldn’t consider the words “break-up” and “regret” heart-warming expressions. Conversely, it is much easier to make people smile by wishing for “Beautiful days full of enjoyment”, “Endless happiness”, or “I hope everything is beautiful and after your own heart”, and this will be meaningful. Although the tongue has no bones, it has the power to break a heart. It is in every person's own hands to use this power for good or bad.

The lyrics of the songs we listen to, what we see on TV, and what we read on social media always influence us for better or worse. The power of words continues to appear everywhere from childhood to adulthood, in politics sports, business life, and private life. So, are we able to positively adapt this power to our lives? What words do we use most? Which ones do we never use? The reason why we don’t think too much about the words we use during the day and don’t need to analyze this topic is that, perhaps they’re completely free and we have limitless rights to use them. Imagine if we had to pay for each word we use, who knows how attentive our selections would be when purchasing them? Rude, ominous, and negative words would remain in stock and, after a while, would all be forgotten. The most beautiful words would be said and heard in traffic, at home, on the street, and on screens. Wouldn't it be great if words were always free yet we pretended as if they weren’t?

Written By: Esra Çengel

Date of Publication: 01/23/2020

Target Audience: People All Translators, Interesting Content Audiences

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