Reality and Language


This is what happened at a lecture. The instructor let one member of an audience stand up during the lecture and said, “I’m telling you a lie now. You are a positive person and have a strong sense of responsibility. You have leadership and sense of humor so people like you and trust you.”

When the instructor asked how he felt about the remark, he laughed and said he felt good.

The human brain activates the part that controls pleasure when the person is praised. However, the same phenomenon occurs in the brain even when the person clearly recognizes that the praise is false as in the above case. Likewise, if you make a bad word to someone else, even if it’s not true, the person who listens to you may be disgruntled.

Like this, our brain is more influenced by language than reality. Here are the reasons to use positive and hopeful words, praise and encouragement.