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Exaggeration Leaves Our Words Powerless

I touched on this briefly in my post a couple weeks ago, Communication Lessons from Fairy Tales, but here is a more in depth look at this phenomenon. Words like awesome, fabulous, I’m STARVING, DEAD TIRED… everyone says them, but most don’t truly mean them.  Are we desensitized to them so much now that these words don’t mean anything anymore? When someone with thyroid disease or fibro says I’m exhausted.  Most think tired. When someone is truly in pain and says it’s excruciating.  Most think it hurts. When someone is clinically depressed or has had a death in the family and says depressed, most think sad. What's the danger in this? 1. Using inflammatory words too often will give the impression...

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When your doctor doesn’t listen

Are you an emotional female droning on to your doctor year after year about "little things" like fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, insomnia, menopause, or hypoglycemia?  And have you encountered any of the following Dr. Talk? * All the tests came back negative. (Translation: I don't know what else to do for you so you'll just have to live with it.) * Maybe you should take a few days off work. (Translation: I don't think there's anything wrong with you, but you might feel better if you go shopping and buy a new hat.) * Are you worried or stressed about's your family life? (Translation: Since the tests are all negative, you must be upset about something in your life.  Depressed...

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