Words can harm or charm, hurt or heal. This is a book about the conscious use of words for healing, for helping others to feel good about themselves, and to provide hope to those who are troubled. Since changing an attitude, a feeling, or a perspective can have direct physical effects on a person’s suffering, either emotional or physical, it behooves us as professionals to use language in such a way that it has a positive effect on our patients so that it enhances these effects.
Words are indeed powerful, whether they be a coach’s half-time pep talk, a general’s speech to his troops, or a physician’s bedside manner.
This book is designed to help you refine your use of language and remove negative words and phrases and replace them with only positive ones. In essence, the use of healing language is all about changing the perspective of the listener, reframing it from negative to positive, from despair to hope.