Power Words Which Change Negative To Positive
The words you use can have a positive or negative impact at many levels, beginning with your mood and progressing to your attitude, behaviour and others’ perception of you. If you choose your words carefully you can change any negative feeling or situation into a positive one. Here are some power words you need to incorporate in your communication for a more effective, positive outcome.
PROBLEM VS SITUATION
A problem feels like weight on the chest and makes you feel like a burden you are carrying on your shoulder. A situation seems like a transient thing which will pass by and can be tackled easily.
ALWAYS / NEVER VS OFTEN / SELDOM
‘Always’ and ‘never’ are words of exaggeration and most of them time do not hold true. These words are usually used to criticise, which can make people defensive. In fact they are more likely to ignore your point. ‘Often’ or ‘seldom’ makes the person feel that you are giving them a benefit of doubt and more likely to be receptive to what you have to say.
SHOULD HAVE VS COULD HAVE
‘Should’ creates the negative feeling of guilt, akin to being condemned for something. ‘Could’ generates the feeling of choice and makes the person feel he has the power to decide for himself.
BAD VS UNWISE
‘Bad’ creates a feeling being judged for one’s character and causes resentment in the person’s mind. Whereas ‘unwise’ is a natural consequence of one’s actions and doesn’t hint anything about his character.
MISTAKE VS LESSON
Telling someone he made a mistake makes him feel reprimanded and attacks his self-worth. In case of a situation gone wrong, using the term ‘lesson’ makes the person feel it’s human to err, but to learn is divine.
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