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The Possibility Podcast With Mel Schwartz Episode 017: Word Hacking – Eight Common Words That Disrupt Our Lives and Relationships

Our words matter. They matter far more than we likely understand.

In this episode of the Possibility Podcast, Mel Schwartz introduces eight common words we use in most sentences and which occur in most of our thoughts. These words wreak havoc in our relationships and block our personal growth. They also keep us stuck in a seventeenth century worldview which dehumanizes us and keeps us stuck in victimhood.

Listen to this episode to discover those eight words, learn to limit their use, and adopt ways to hack your vocabulary to gain better control over your self-image, your relationships, and your life to actualize reaching your possibilities.

Mel recently presented a TEDx talk on this topic which will be available to view this January.

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Shared Meaning

We take for granted that our words convey exactly what we intend them to. This is a particularly misinformed assumption. I have observed that upon deeper scrutiny, the words, let alone the concepts, tend not to be received in the way the messenger anticipates. By the time a few sentences have passed, we may have a totally missed communication. How often do we pause and considerately ask the other what they mean by the word they are using?

Although this problem is more glaring in confrontational discourse, it impacts amicable conversations as well. “You don’t know how to be intimate,” she exclaims. He retorts, “I don’t know how to be intimate? You’re so angry and cold who would ever want to be intimate with you?” In the following minutes this couple is off to the races, pushing buttons and hurling invective. Read more

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