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Words we speak and words we think. What is the difference and how do words shape our lives?
Most everyone speaks, and most everyone uses words to communicates, so why is one of the biggest problems we face ineffective communication and emotional hardship? Is it language barriers, or personal experiences? How do some words make us happy and others cause pain and self-destruction?
The answer is simple but, few people know about it.
Let’s understand how the brain works so we can understand why words are so powerful in so many ways. The brain is very complicated, and researchers still do not know how the brains work entirely. However, they have identified areas of the brain and the function those areas contribute. For our purposes, we will look at three areas of the brain.
We literally have two brains: The Conscious and The Subconscious.
The Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is located in the brain’s topmost layers. It includes the neocortex and the lobes. More specifically, it is located at the top and sides of our brain. Some neuroscientists refer to it as the upper brain, which has only been around for about 300,000 years. It is responsible for the following functions:
Voluntary thought – Awareness – Self-control – Planning
The conscious brain can overpower automatic routines – habits. It can mute our emotions and sudden impulses. It is where willpower resides. Our ability to focus for short periods of time is fueled by willpower. Our new brain cannot multitask. It can only perform one function at a time.
The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind is located in the limbic system and the brain stem. Some refer to it as the lower brain. It’s been with us for millions of years. Our subconscious brain has massive computing power. It constantly operates, solving complex problems offline (without conscious effort, without using any willpower). It is responsible for the following functions:
Autonomic nervous system – controls our internal organs – Forges and manages all habits – Insight and creativity – Emotions
The subconscious brain is much faster and more efficient than the new brain. It gives us the ability to make quick decisions. While our new brain is at rest, our old brain is at work helping us solve problems, uncover opportunities, comprehend the incomprehensible, solidify memory and nudges us into doing things or to stop doing things. When you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, it is because your old brain identified a problem that is invisible to your new brain. Intuition is the subconscious brain’s way of communicating knowledge it has that the conscious brain doesn’t.
Some of the scientists who study the brain (neuroscientists, behavioral psychologists, etc.) believe the vagus nerve or spindle neurons that connect the prefrontal cortex (conscious brain) to the insula (subconscious brain) may be the communication superhighway that links the conscious to the subconscious. The subconscious brain may be using this very superhighway to communicate intuition, gut feelings and insight (aha moments) to the conscious brain.
WOW, that’s the current understanding of the parts of the brain that allow us to communicate to ourselves and others.So what the heck does that have to do with WORDS? EVERYTHING!
We use WORDS to communicate, learn, teach, solve problems, almost everything we do on a daily basis. Therefore, it stands to reason that if we are constantly told something, our subconscious mind remembers it, and recalls the WORDS or WORDS and the emotions, and feelings that we assimilate with a particular WORD or WORDS. So when we say or hear a particular WORD our subconscious reminds us of what we believe to be true.
Look at advertising as an example. Advertising a product or service is not a one-time campaign. It is a continuous, over and over campaign designed to implant its self into our subconscious. A good salesman doesn’t try once or twice to sell a product or service but in some cases, hundreds of times before a sale is made. Repetition is the key to convenience the subconscious mind that it must be true, and that is what WORDS do every day of our lives. The more we say a particular WORD, the more we believe it.
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