The language we use

November 30, 2012 Bianca Molle

“Human speech is like a cracked tin drum on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars.”
-- Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

This has always been my favorite quote, and inspired my only graffiti-writing experience: scrawled, in my youth, on the walls of the women’s locker room at Jones Beach, NY. These words continue to humble me and make me strive for clarity in my tango with the keyboard.

In his latest book, “Language of Recovery,” Dr. Robert Rodgers illustrates for us the subtleties of our everyday language and assists us as we navigate the lexicon of intention, exemplifying throughout how our choice of words can often sabotage our work on recovery. The type of recovery doesn’t matter: Parkinson’s, other chronic conditions, cancer, financial, any condition we wish to optimize. The words we select weigh in on either the positive or negative side of the scale, subtly affecting our subconscious, and therefore our conscious responses.

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