How Language Shapes Us

Read Time: 2 min
close up of woman's head and neck

The word Neck figures prominently in the English language.

Some days, your coworker is “a pain in the neck”. Some days, she may frustrate you so much that you could “wring her neck”.

Your boss can “breathe down your neck” pressuring you to finish that report by the end of the day. And you don’t know how you are going to get it done because you are “up to your neck” in so much work.

You can “stick your neck out” to help a friend in trouble.

And on and on.

The problem with talking about the Neck is that over time it becomes its own thing. Continue reading “How Language Shapes Us”

Get to Know Your Startle

Read Time: 3 min
actor illustrating the startle reaction

Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine yourself in one of the following situations:

(1) You are calmly strolling down the hallway in your office building when the (very loud) fire alarm sounds—Beep! Beep! Beep!

2) You are driving down the highway in pretty heavy traffic but have a nice distance between you and the car in front of you. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a car speeds up on your left side and veers into your lane, missing your front left fender by inches. You slam on the brakes. Thank goodness nobody was right on your bumper!

Take time to really put yourself in one of the above situations. Can you sense how your body reacts? Continue reading “Get to Know Your Startle”