As I continued to search for more thoughts, ideas and evidence on how words can change your brain, I came across this video, featuring professor Irv Bartikofsky.
You may not have an hour to watch, but if you’d like to take a look, here’s the video:
Most of his presentation is focused around disabled individuals and how words can affect them.
Here are a couple of interesting points from his talk:
- It is easier to focus on our shortcomings or negativity over positivity. It is much more difficult to recognize, celebrate, and verbalize our strengths. This is because the brain is hardwired this way. It takes more time for the brain to respond to positive language. There is no “threat” associated with positive words.
- Research says that we must verbalize/process positive words at least three times for our brain to respond (change) and seven times to negate a negative stimuli.
Is it really that hard for us to process positive words? Is it that much harder for us to negate negative words?