Thursday, 1 November 2012

Language: going back to basics

There are so many unanswered questions in the area of medicine, long-term condition management, the mind-body connection and patient experience, but what is standing in the way of us finding those answers?

In addition to the obvious challenges in these area, the language that we use might be complicating the process.

Do we even have the alphabet we need to start to write the questions that we should be asking?!

For example, in the English language we have plenty of words to describe boredom, but we don't have a word for "doing the right thing".

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explores the power of our language on our thoughts and behaviours, something that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) also touches on.

If in our personal lives we are happy to explore the role of language, then why not extend that to our professional lives and examine the language we use when posing the big questions in field? Have we got the right building blocks and foundations to go on to answer these questions - the alphabet?! This may sound very hypothetical and abstract but I really do think having a slightly different perspective on things can give a fresh outlook an day just help!

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