In conThe Most Dangerous Word in the world
Do you know what the most dangerous word according to Neuroscience? It’s short, powerful, has two letters and begins with N. The word is no. Recent Neuro Science research has shown the power of words and their effect on our lives. Specifically, when one two-letter word is flashed across the brain it causes a sudden release of stress-producing hormones and neurochemicals. Normal functioning of the brain is immediately interrupted, logic is impaired and communication is diminished.
According to research the most dangerous word for our brains is no
Why is this so?
- Vocalising your negativity, saying no, or frowning produces stress chemicals in your brain and in the listener’s brain. The more you focus on negative words, the more damage is done to the key structures of your brain that regulate memory, feelings and emotions. Research shows you can disrupt sleep and the way the brain relates to happiness and health.
- Secondly, the listener will experience more anxiety and this further undermines cooperation and trust. Hanging around negative people will make you more prejudice to others.
- If a highly anxious or depressed person sees a list of negative words for a few seconds they will become worse!
- Worrying about things in life, such as money, also stimulates the release of stress hormones. Furthermore, thinking fearful thoughts or imagining them can cause the amygdala (a part of your brain) to react in the same way as if the threats were real.
How can we overcome the negative effects of this dangerous word?
- Firstly, to counter your negative thoughts you need to generate at least three positive thoughts. For the reason that your brain doesn’t respond as fast to positive words and thoughts because they are not a threat to your survival. Moreover, our brain has a negativity bias, so we have to work hard to prime it to focus on the positive.
- Secondly, further research into the fields of neuropsychology and behavioural neuroeconomics has illustrated that if you want your business and personal relationships to flourish, you must generate at least five positive messages for every negative comment you make to yourself! The words you choose are paramount to your health, happiness and success! Eliminate negative thinking and the most dangerous word in the world!
To interrupt a negative thought or experience, ask yourself:
Is this situation really a threat to my personal survival right now?
As it is unlikely you are really threatened, this helps interrupt the amygdala’s response and reduces the possibility of permanently engraving negative memories into your brain and helps create an antidote to this dangerous word.
- Engage in the art of gratitude and practise thinking positively. Think nice things about yourself and share happy events. Savour every positive experience in your life. Choose your words wisely and speak slowly. Repeating words like peace or compassion will turn on genes that lower physical and emotional stress. You will feel better, live longer and build deeper more trusting relationships at work and home.
In conclusion, a good daily tonic to use in your life! In contrast, however, I wonder if, as we become more technologically dependent, if this very same dangerous word will one day be an important word?
(Research was taken from the work of Mark Waldman)
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