“I hate chocolate mint chip ice cream”, Paul said. His mother sharply said, “Paul, we don’t hate anything”.
Why do we accept some words more than others? Because nearly every word has an emotional component.
Whether we accept or reject words has to do with its emotional decibel level. Does the word cause a positive or negative response?
In writing or speaking, it’s important to choose the emotional tone that matches your feelings. A stronger position requires more intense words.
Ever heard the expression “A strongly-worded letter?” The person presented their position in a definitive fashion. There is nothing to interpret about the message.
Kids pick up on emotionally-charged words more than adults. They hear the emotions and not the message.
Words matter. Be careful. Use straight-forward, emotionally-neutral language. Get their attention, don’t over-talk, and don’t leave them guessing.
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