“Life and Death Are in the Power of the Tongue” Proverb
This may have been a proverb but now it is being proven to be so true. Through the amazing abilities of the functional ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging’ (MRI), we now how true this is. This technology is able to show what areas of the brain light up when feel we are being judged, excluded or limited in some way. This is usually the area that has been called the Amygdala which is the stress centre of the brain. It is responsible for pumping out chemicals. You are probably all familiar with cortisol and although we all need some cortisol to get us out of bed in the morning, we don’t want the amounts that are going to shut down the part of our brain that is called the executive brain. If we are stressed enough that will happen, and we won’t be able to reason well, to empathise with others or create a good connection through conversation.
If on the other hand we are treated with appreciation, celebration and we are included, the front part of the brain, the Pre-frontal Cortex pumps out a chemical known as Oxytocin. This is also called the Bonding or Hugging Hormone. The heart feels good, and we open up to the other person we are communicating with. We trust the other person and we are able to co-create a conversation that is healthy for both people. It may not be literal death with cortisol or life with oxytocin but it can feel very different to hear words of inclusion and appreciation, than it does to hear criticism and judgement. How can you mind the power of your tongue going forward?
Enjoy seeing the results of ‘Minding Your Tongue!’