Language Softener

Monish Subherwal

When you are down on yourself, your language may not have an room for hope in it. Words like “yet” or “More” or “perhaps”, “could”, “maybe” that are added in sentences to lessen the impact in statements and allow for possibility and positivity. For example, a Debbie Downer may say  “I am not rich”.  Someone who is empowered and positive, would …

Learned Helplessness

Monish Subherwal

From wikipedia, “Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from a perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation.” Why don’t circus elephants just escape? The best example of learned helplessness I can think of relates to elephants in the circus.  An elephant in the circus is maybe 1000x more powerful …