Naming something is very, very powerful. When you name something, you label it. In so doing, you define and shape that very thing. You help to create its experience and its reality.

Thus, when parents or teachers call their children ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’ more often than their actual names, is it any wonder that the children will truly believe that that is who they are?

This also happens on a far larger scale. Racism, bigotry and discrimination being perhaps the most pernicious example of this. If you are in a position of authority or influence and you label an entire group of people as being ‘lazy’, ‘irresponsible’ or ‘criminals’, is it any wonder that some may fit that category?


© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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