I think it’s something that a regular person _probably_ would’ve picked up early on or immediately or already knew. But as I start off from a different footing than a lot of people apparently, I don’t enter conversations with their same assumptions which is why I have trouble explaining mine.
As to why do I pursue this? I don’t know. I just started one day as it was interesting to me and it continued to be interesting as I went through twists and turns of learning new things.
There’s probably some kind of self-awareness I’m lacking. Like for example, I don’t feel as if it bothers me. I don’t have a feeling behind it in that way. It’s more of a drive. A new shiny thing I pursue and keep pursuing.
I suspect that’s the field but I never understood most of the technical language of sociology that well. But I understand the basic notions of subcultures vs prevailing cultures, hierarchies and power structures within, coded languages, etc.
For me it’s probably closer to anthropology really.
I believe that’s possible. Imagine the professionals working with patients to reshape and redesign the language of therapy in such a way that was appropriate for their conditions?
psychiatry remains popular because of parents and caregivers and institutions who want quick “solutions”.
Some patients do too; just give me a pill and make the issue go away — but I think patients may be more willing to do a solid talk therapy generally.
Absolutely! placebo effect is extremely strong. I worked for a pharmaceutical company for a few years once upon a time and that’s where I learned that it is very very difficult to get a pill to beat placebo.
It’s the power behind religious leader, successful politicians, sales people, oh yes. And they abuse it frequently too.
George Lakoff (also a linguist whose ideas are in competition with Chomsky) has come up with the notion of Embodied Cognition – that our body brain and environment are connected and it all flows through. So in that context, the implicit power within conversations would have a route to affect body, mind and environment.
Oh, I agree with you. I was simply showing an example of an application of that in a metaphor context. It’s useful.
For example, I often say “I hate war” / “I don’t understand war” / “war is stupid”.
But what I’m really doing is engaging in diplomacy and the reason I find it is important to be diplomatic is because: diplomacy is war and it is a war fought with words and words are what construct human language.
I see diplomacy as crucial to communication. In computing, it’s a handshaking protocol. In war, it is negotiating terms. In relationships, it is establishing proper boundaries, roles and duties.
I had some training in management but thankfully I didn’t have to do it in a corporate setting. But I’ve always dealt with difficult people and would feel it my duty to figure out how to get everybody talking or at least miserable with each other in a peaceful way.
Hardest thing for me is figuring out whether something is a tiny battle that is normal or if it is something that needs to be stopped so it does not escalate into war.