When used with an otherwise strong statement, we can be EASILY fooled into thinking something is TRUE when it’s all a story.

danger words:
maybe
probably
sometimes
could be
perhaps
allegedly

When used with an otherwise strong statement, we can be EASILY fooled into thinking something is TRUE when it’s all a story.

I should write out lists of these. Manipulative language slips in under our radar too easily.
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it’s wise to be cautious and listen. Some words “guide you” towards a conclusion without one even seeing it coming.

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Always? Perhaps. (notice the effect just there? I toned down the strength of the “always” with the perhaps).

In some ways, it seems that communication isn’t always a benign task of imparting information from one to another, but rather (apparently) is used as a tool to lead one towards a particular designed way of thought.

I have to watch myself: I have convinced people with my opinion when all I wanted was a discussion. Words are powerful.

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I love everybody’s responses here!

I love using these words. But they have a strange power of easing someone into accepting.things that sound absolute otherwise.

Always and never, granted, are worse, for what *is* “always” and “never”? Not a whole lot that I can think of.

I guess for me it’s “use and misuse” of language in convincing people of things.

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I typically do what you do as well. I like all the words on my list of “danger words”. I use them all of the time.

I like to qualify my statements, staying open-ended, moving away from absolutes unless necessary for some reason.

But consider how powerful that is?

If you want to convince somebody that you are correct, a “soft-touch” is more powerful than a hard blow.

It reminds me of the expression, “Speak softly but carry a big stick”.

When I say “danger”, I don’t mean that they’re dangerous to _use_ per se. What i mean is that one ought to watch out for them when _others_ use them, because they have a very strong convincing power in their subtlety.

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i can’t shoot a rifle straight. I avoid confrontation and learned to talk convincingly for times I was in confrontation situations. Still, I’ve thrown a punch or two when necessary and solid, but I’m not a fan.

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