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Vocabulary influences perception

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How bright is your world? Do you live in black and white or color? Is your world merely bright, or is it resplendent, effulgent and incandescent as well?

Vocabulary colors the way you think and influences the way you are perceived. For example, when learning a new language, you know you are truly proficient when you think in that language. People with good vocabularies are perceived as being more educated because, well, they are; at least linguistically.

People with higher vocabularies make more money. Sited in “Executive Vocabulary, Research Reveals that Executives Have Superior Vocabularies”, the Johnson O’Connor Research Laboratory study of vocabulary tests given to the employees of 39 manufacturing companies resulted in executives scoring 236 points and floor bosses 86 points.

Consider the following description of a person as: middle aged, nice looking and pleasant. Now consider that same person described more memorably as having strikingly dark coloring, luminescent green eyes and a bewitching smile. Which of these two people would you rather spend time with? Who would you rather be? The first person sounds normal and rather nondescript. While the second description makes that person come to life.

For a moment, consider these attributes as your own. How would you hold yourself, your posture, your stance, if you thought of yourself as middle aged and nice looking versus having luminescent green eyes and a bewitching smile? You just gave yourself an image face lift. And, that’s what you would project to the world, and what the world would respond to.

If someone wanted to express to you that something didn’t work properly and did so in the following manner, “It ain’t no more good”, what kind of value judgment would you make about that person? In contrast, “This is no longer functioning as designed”, engenders a higher respect level for not only the person, but the object being referred to as well, even though it’s not functioning.

So, when you like the man you are dating and want to tell him so don’t just say, “I like you”; although simple and direct is certainly effective and has it’s place. Try something like, “I find you disarmingly charming and delight in your company”. Say it with conviction and see how he reacts.

For more info: Princeton Review Word Smart series available on Amazon and through other reputable book sellers.

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