Skip to Navigation

Words and expressions that become fashionable to the point of  over-use lose their meaning. Mindfulness, for example, has become quite a fad these days, and it’s on its way to becoming a buzzword. When that happens we lose sight of the ideas behind the word; it’s reduced to a celluloid likeness that is cheap and easy to use without thinking (we use it mindlessly!).

When a term is over-used it finds a place in the popular consciousness. Hear it once or twice and you might check to find what it means (though most of us don’t). As it becomes more common, cropping up in the media on a daily basis and dropping into our in-boxes, two things happen. The first is that familiartity breeds contempt; the yawn-factor sets in and we see or hear the word without acknolwdging it or thinking about it.

The other thing that happens is – because we are exposed to it so often – familiarity does something else; we begin to think we really understand what the word means simply because it has been hammered into us so often. As examples think of ‘dialogue’, ‘solution-focused‘, ‘holistic’ and ‘global warming’.

It’s a truism as something becomes more popular it’s value declines, and a travesty when we fail to grasp important ideas because we think we understand them, when really we don’t.

 

What do you think? Share your thoughts...

Latest from the blog

Conversational Insights and Openings

We frequently abandon conversations before they really get started. Once sparks begin to fly – or we fear that they will – we back off.

Yet that is precisely the moment to engage in discussion, but that would require commitment to overcoming the fears of our own imaginings. Our excuse is that that to keep talking will make things worse. It doesn’t, if you go about it the right way.

The trouble is, no-one ever tells us how to do it, so we grow up with childish notions about opposition automatically leading to a fight.

That only happens because we make it happen by fighting.

Continue reading

It Speaks for Itself

We can learn a lot from our elders and betters, yet we often disregard their wisdom.

When somebody has been around for a long time they might have something interesting to tell us.

Continue reading

How to Remedy Guilty Feelings

Manage feelings, confidence boosting

If you are troubled by unwanted feelings of guilt, here’s an exercise that can help. It is part of my soon-to-be-released online course ‘How to be Free of Guilt’.

The trick is to make the feelings disappear by making mischief.

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: