Recently I was watching a serial where a particular scene depicts the protagonist going into a nervous breakdown where he acts as though he loses his senses and then comes back to his normal senses. The word Nervous breakdown sounds like all hell is gone loose. The first time I heard the word, I was searching the dictionary for a scary meaning of it and later came to know that it is another version of stress.
How common are these words – Writer’s block (a lazy man’s lame excuse when he is not putting out enough articles), pandemonium (Just a small confusion but a big word), depression ( someone’s boss raising a voice over them)………….. Gets me thinking….. How much do the words we use influence the way we think?
I have a friend who even when something of the slightest thing goes wrong starts off with the sentence “Story of my life! Why does this keep happening to me over and over again?! ” and I realize that the problem is quite simple after all. On the other end of the scale I get to meet some fascinating people even when all hell breaks loose manage to maintain their calm and the most they say is that they have a problem and are trying to find a solution to it.
It is amazing isn’t it? Do these words influence the way we think? How does the nervous breakdown compare with a little stress or annoyance? How does hurt feel in comparison with a minor irritation? How does closure compare with a break? I think we get a lot of connections here. The words we use show the way we communicate with ourselves. So for once I think it makes sense to tone down on the words. I am not saying that we should not accept things the way they are. We should! And we must find ways to act on it or else it makes the least sense in every way. But at the same time, don’t you think it is fair to let go off some words from our own dictionaries when we talk to ourselves?