“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Steve (not his real name) as he looked down and away from our shared zoom screen. Steve has developed a habit of using language which negatively influences his outcomes. I suggested the idea that perhaps his situation would get “harder” before it gets “easier,” but I was not convinced that worse and better were the right ways to describe his future conditions. He was skeptical, which launched us into a discussion regarding the way language influences outcomes in our lives.
Published Date: 2021-09-18;