An article in Psychology Today describes how the language we use to describe a situation or how we are feeling can actually impact our minds and the world around us. Maybe this isn’t big news to you guys, but recently my response to any kind of new experience has been:
And then I’ll choose to watch Netflix instead.
Dr. Bill Knaus calls this type of behavior “awfulizing” and defines it as “making a situation worse than it it by using dramatic language.” He essentially says to let your language reflect what you wish would happen – or your best case scenario, instead of letting it represent your fears.
Other anxiety filled words to avoid? “Must” and “Need.”
Read the full article here