Dr. Will Horton
Words have the power to affect your brain in its functioning and understanding. Brain functions can be either enhanced or affected negatively by words used in our everyday life. Positive words give us affirmations and confidence whereas negative words give you anxiety, stress and lead to depression.
How can words affect our brain?
Words can have an effect on your brain where they do not alter reality where they enable you to have a positive and constructive outlook towards situations. Positive words make you more confident, calm and make you resilient. Negative words make you fearful, anxious and hurtful. Positive words activate your frontal lobe activity and it connects directly to the motor cortex. It is responsible for the movement of your body. As long as you concentrate on the positive words you activate that part of your brain. Your parietal brain becomes more responsive and your perception of yourself changes positively.
Visual words make it possible for you to understand different emotions in a better manner. Incorporating words like, “Look”, “Clear”, and “Bright” in your vocabulary will have a positive impact on the functioning of your brain. For example, if instead of greeting people with “Have A Nice Day.” You can include “Have a bright and sunny day”, which automatically enhances the meaning and impact of the sentence. Whereas on the other hand words like “Dark”, “Gloomy” and “Hazy” will insinuate a feeling of sadness and will negatively impact the functioning of your brain. For example, if you read somewhere that “things are gloomy and hazy”, you immediately associate it with something sad and negative. Therefore visual words always impact your thought process and have an impact on how you perceive things.
Our brain can make perceptions about the words that we hear. When we receive an auditory impulse, our brain gets a message and it converts into a signal which further turns into an action. Hearing words help you in perceiving things in a better manner. Hearing sounds having harmony, resonance and are in-tune, you feel a sense of calm and serenity. These sounds generate positive vibes and make you feel comfortable with your surroundings. Many negative words also affect the neurological process of your brain. Auditory sounds like deafening and raspiness negatively impact your ambience and surroundings. Whenever you are suffering from anxiety and stress you can always listen to auditory sounds that have a calming and relaxing effect on your mind.
Human emotions are built on some strong feelings many words describe our feelings and thoughts. Here are the three most influential and amazing words that can shape your mind and have both negative and positive impacts on your neurological processes.
This word is the fundamental truth of life. You need to develop trust in people and things to make your life meaningful and successful. Our relationship grows when we trust people and have faith in them. It is essential in every step of life whether you are focussing on your personal or professional life. You need to find people who are trustworthy and reliable. Trust has a different meaning to different people and it is also the most commonly misunderstood term. It strengthens with time and it is an essential aspect of every relationship. Other factors that contribute to making trust stronger between relationships both personal and professional are:
Fear is another great feeling that develops in your brain and has an effect on your body. The moment you sense fear, your body goes into defense mode and your mind is alerted. It instigates the release of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol in your body. Fear is usually associated with the feeling of threat, terror and despair. All these emotions and words send signals to your brain and affect it to make decisions out of fear and insecurities. Words that instigate the feeling of fear in our minds are Abuse, Rage, Terror and Despair.
Anticipation is the feeling where the human brain is stimulated even before an event occurs. Anticipation is often associated with negative words where the brain focuses on things that have not occurred in reality but we have imagined the consequences related to it in our minds which creates a feeling of fear and panic. On the other hand, anticipation is also associated with the feeling of missing someone or waiting anxiously for a thing to happen. The words that are associated with the feeling of anticipation are mystery, excitement, longing and excitement.
According to researchers, words have the power to change your brain by altering the expression of your gene and regulating your emotional and physical response towards a certain of words. A single negative word can activate the fear centre of our brain and can send us into a spiral of negative and hurtful emotions. Whereas on the other hand, a positive word activates the frontal lobe of the brain and influences directly the motor cortex of the brain. As these areas are activated in your brain by a positive your perception of yourself and your surroundings changes and you nurture positive feelings. Positive words influence changing your outlook towards a grim situation and transforming it into a hopeful scenario.
Certain words that are associated with fear and anticipation have the power to make you vocalize and internalize those feelings and eventually results in the magnification of those feelings. The article emphasizes different kinds of words related to our sensory receptors like visual words, auditory words and sensory words. We hope that this article helps you to understand the importance of these words in a better way and eventually your mind is able to generate only positive impulses. Engaging your mind towards positive thoughts and feelings is a constant effort. You need to reframe and reimagine certain words and avoid using extremely negative connotations. Words do have the power to alter your neurological processes.
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