Never underestimate the power of words

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Mon, 20 Apr 2020 Source: Dr. Annie Gaisie

Negative words can have long-lasting results. Words are powerful. Children who were brought up in a household, where sharp criticism and cruel diction were the norm, can tell you that words can hurt even more than physical violence.

We should think about words as being so powerful that they might be the main reason we succeed or fail. When we don’t choose our words carefully there may be a high chance of encountering challenges.

Within the words we speak is an emotional strength. Each word that we use can have an impact. A word from a manager or partner may, at first glance, seem harmless. But never think of words as harmless. Instead, think of them as if they can make or break you.

Words can build up or tear down. They can motivate or discourage.

Words can influence, promote, or destroy a family.

Simply put, language holds massive power to manifest change, whether it’s good or bad.

Some of us are stuck in life due to words used by parents or teachers. Whiles others have been successful due to encouraging words.

For many years, Culture and Tradition have permitted children to be exposed to harsh and toxic home environments. Many of us had ugly words spoken to us that we are still struggling with today. We have become vulnerable due to unpleasant words.

If we know all we can say to another person or a child is destructive.

Then we must choose the words that we speak very carefully, because they have the potential to cause pain and long-lasting effects.

What Next

Do not allow yourself to become a victim to damaging words from others.

Avoid people who always use words that discredit you, put you down or make you feel inferior.

Risk assess your Work Environment if it causes you stress, find an assertive way to address the situation

Try and resolve Relationship problems, by introducing healthy ways of communicating. ( involve a third party for support if you have to).

Seek support if you are struggling to move on from abusive / dysfunctional childhood environment.

Be mindful of the words you use when speaking to your children.

Remember that words can make you or break you.

Speak very carefully because your words have the potential of causing pain and long-lasting effects.

By: Dr. Annie Gaisie, Psychologist - Addictive Behaviour.

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