We often “read between the lines” in communication… We analyse language in an attempt to decipher what is truly happening behind the words that are being spoken. Now this is becoming a science.
Mariano Sigman has a fascinating TED talk about how our language can give compelling insight into our inner lives and even our future mental health.
“Mariano reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. “We may be seeing in the future a very different form of mental health,” Sigman says, “based on objective, quantitative and automated analysis of the words we write, of the words we say.””
You can watch Mario’s talk below and find out more about him here.
For another perspective on the power of words and language, check out my interview with Lee Fjelstad about Verbal Judo.
Do you know when to choose text over a call? Or worry about how to sign-off your emails? With so many different communication channels to choose from, digital conversations are a minefield of misunderstanding and uncertainty.
Alex Doman is co-author of the book Healing at the Speed of Sound. And as you might imagine, we’re very attuned when it comes to the power of listening. “Ultimately, listening is an expression of conscious intention, caring, and compassion for one another. If we take the time to truly connect and to listen, we learn far more than through any words that we speak”, he says.