This week, we’ve shared writing from last term’s students in level 2, level 3, and level 4. Today, check out this short research paper by Kawthar, a Writing 5 student from Saudi Arabia. Kawthar describes the ways that the words we say can affect the mind, emotions, and even the physical world.
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Words are ways to help people realize their dreams. Words can beat people or discourage them from making their goals come true. Every day people talk and they use different kinds of words, but has anyone wondered if words can really create their future? Could that be real? In fact, if people really try to remember what words other people say to them this day and how they feel at that time, maybe they will realize that words have a real effect. Words are like medicine; if they are used in the right way, people will feel better and they can heal them, but if used in a wrong way, words will discourage or even kill. Killing does not only mean hurting the body, but also hurting the soul. Although many people think that words do not have a real effect (because many people have tried to discourage them and they have still made their goals come true and have overcome what others said about them), it is clear that words have a real effect because of several reasons: the words can change the structure of physical things, the words reprogram the unconscious minds, and the words affect people’s reactions and emotions.
First, in spite of the fact that we can say the words very easily, words still have much power. The positive and negative words can alter the structure of things to be better or worse than before. Words influence and shape the values inside people so they have to be more cautious about the words they say every day. For instance, in 1994, this theory was tested by a researcher named Masaru Emoto. He had the idea of freezing water with a microscope; he tried to grow snow crystals after spending two months making mistakes. The crystals came from a mysterious world. He researched many kinds of water such as: river and lake water, but these kinds of water did not develop or give him crystals. On the other contrary, he took water from a hospital and tried to say good words, play music, pray, and show it pictures. As a result of spoken words, the structure of water changed depending on what kind of words he said. If it was positive, the structure would be like a crystal, but if it was negative, the structure would be ugly (Emoto). This shows that words can really change the environment, so it has real power.
Secondly, most people think that in the first moment of hearing words we can remove the impact of words; however, the unconscious mind saves the words anyone hears or writes. More than half of these control the mind and the body; they follow the order from the unconscious mind. For example, all of the actions, beliefs, reactions, memories, and emotions can shape the character depending on the information in the unconscious mind. So the words have a real impact on most parts of the body. According to “The Effect of Emotional Content on Brain Activation and the Late Positive Potential in a Word” people’s minds depend on the unconscious part. Most things that they have depend on this region, such as social values, ideas, communication, and causes. To make equilibrium in the memory function, some research studied the results of using specific words. To see how long memories were affected, the results between positive and negative words were studied. Each word was saved in the memory and make effect on the brain by making it undeveloped depend on how it was difficult to hear; if the word was a little difficult to hear it would make the brain go back one step, if the word was medium-difficult to hear, it would make the brain go back two steps, and if the word was very difficult to hear, it would make the brain go back three steps (Kopf).
Finally, even though most people believe that people can control their bodies without any complicated options, the reality is that people’s reactions and emotions are creating from the words they hear and say; depending on which words they say, they will act and behave. Each word people desire can rewire their emotions and brains. The words are like spirits; when they say something, they will reprogram their body again. According to Meacham, “neuroplasticity” means the mind’s ways to invent itself. Thus, this means that people can reprogram their brains by the recurrence of words with concentration and thought to alter it for better or worse. Additionally, this reiterates that the words have linear and quick impact on people’s emotional and mental responses. The words that are said influence people’s responses, repeating in their mind. Being careful about this makes their mind connect positively by using affirming pictures and feelings. For example, Meacham sites an example where directors (employers) should pick their words with much care because it will impact the work of the employees and affect the employees’ imagination. In addition, use words within carefully; we should be conscious about the result of our words on our brains (Meacham). The words have much power to reform our believes, value and responds by focus and rebating them and make quick direct effect on the emotions and brain.
According to Dr. Sadeghi, life looks more like a flux of power than a group of rigid things. If we are aware about the power that our minds have on our feeling, we can make thoughtful choices to change our reality to what we want. When we feel discouraged, we can restructure our morale from negative to positive status by looking for new perspectives, being more active, and forgetting old mistakes. Words have so much energy; we can use them to raise, empower, and develop our life. Not noticing how the words we speak, read, and hear from others can impact our personal lives. We must choose our words because it can structure our beliefs, and as a result they can shape our world. Words are powerful, evoking our feelings and reactions from the moment we hear them (Sadeghi).
Another example of this comes from a book written by King Solomon. It is about the energy of words. He said, ”Death and life are in the power of the tongue. The words have power to kill and give life by their impact; if it is affirming, it will grant life by cheering up and if it is negative, it will shoot by flames and snares. We use the words to cause positive conclusions by being industrious and protecting our heart.” He continues, ”above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (“The Power of Words”). The consequences of words are more powerful than what we can imagine, so they can give a person life by encouraging that person, or make him die by making him hopeless and causing him to give in.
In conclusion, the words have a strong impact on the structure of things, the unconscious mind, and our emotions and reactions, so make sure to be careful about the words you use and say everyday. We should approach using words in right ways and teach others about what are the benefits. Words can give life or death by their effects on people; if they are positive, they will give life by encouraging others; if they are negative, they will kill people oppressing them and causing them to give in to the power of words.
- Kopf, Juliane, and Thomas Dresler, Philipp Reicherts, Martin J. Herrmann, and Andreas Reif. ”The Effect of Emotional Content on Brain Activation and the Late Positive Potential in a Word n-back Task.” September 26, 2013. http://www.journals.plos.org. Accessed 21 February 2017.
- Masaru Emoto, Masaru. “What is the photograph of frozen water crystals.” November 2001. http://www.masaru-emoto.net. Accessed 21 February 2017.
- Meacham, Margie. “How Words Affect our Brains.” Thursday, July 11, 2013 www.ted.org. Accessed 21 February 2017.
- Sadeghi, Habib. ”The Scary Power of Negative Words.” http:// www.goop.com. Accessed 21 February 2017.
- “The Power of Words.” August 26, 2015. Our Daily Bread. http://www.odb.org. Accessed 21 February 2017.