April 7


The Power of “Yet”

By Peter Julian

April 7, 2020

In the field of psychology the word “yet” is proving to be one of the most powerful words in the English language. A single word when added to a sentence acknowledge the pessimism and negativity that you feel about an issue while also conveying a sense of optimism for the future at the same time. For example: I will never find someone to marry becomes I haven’t found anyone to marry, yet. While the first sentence is doom and gloom, the second conveys a positive hope for the future. The addition of one simple word may influence your attitude and lead to positive actions.

Key Takeaways:

  • “Yet” can be one of the most powerful words in the English language, and its use is very revealing.
  • Using “yet” allows people to borrow optimism until they can be optimistic on their own
  • Using “yet” tells patients that there is something besides a gloomy outlook, and can give them hope.

“Without a crystal ball, we cannot realistically predict the future, however much we try. There are, however, some who are self-proclaimed experts on the future and claim to know exactly how things are likely to turn out.”

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/moments-matter/202001/the-power-yet

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