How to kill a word?

March 18, 2015
How to kill a word?

The word is a set of certain sounds that affect the psycho-emotional state. And depending on the meaning and direction, the word can act positively, negatively or neutrally. This is the way a person is psychologically organized, that criticism depresses the mood and behavior of a person. Negatively colored words can “kill” a person both literally and figuratively.

How to kill with the word: conviction

At one time, experts conducted a curious study: the person was connected to special devices that register the activity of the nervous system, and offered to imagine that he bends his arm. At the same time, the activity of the neurons responsible for the nerve of the flexor muscles was observed in his hand. What does it mean? The fact is that for the brain, the presented activity is no different from the real one.

In this regard, it has been suggested that everything that can be persuaded of a person will find a response in his body. The well-known placebo effect is based on this, when patients were “treated” with pacifier tablets, and they did notice improvement in their condition.

Using only the power of words, the heroine of Agatha Christie, Alice, convinced the husband-maniac that she had poisoned him, and he, believing this, really died. So the word, sometimes expressed casually, can have a disastrous effect.

How to "kill" the word: regular humiliation

Constant negative statements in the direction of a person can make him unhappy, destroy his self-esteem, and make him think about leaving his life. Not without reason there is an article in the legislation that provides for criminal punishment for committing suicide.

What words can have such a negative impact on any, even the most healthy and adequate person? For example, regularly humiliating a child, using impartial expressions to characterize his mental abilities, protecting him from praise, can achieve a real decline in school performance, in other words “by killing” a successful student in him.

There are many examples of the influence of humiliation and insults, and the reason is that a person’s self-perception is socially dependent, which means it is largely determined by relationships with other people.