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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

The Power of Words: How Conversations Shape Behaviour

In a fascinating study led by a renowned psychiatrist, a group of 30-year-old individuals was divided into two distinct groups to explore the profound impact of words on human behavior. The experiment aimed to investigate whether discussing different life stages, specifically youth and old age, could influence the participants' demeanor and actions.




One group was presented with words related to old age and prompted to construct sentences around this theme, while the other group received words associated with youth and were instructed to generate sentences accordingly. These engaging discussions continued for an hour, during which participants immersed themselves in their respective topics.


The surprising results revealed a striking contrast in the behavior of the two groups when they were subsequently sent for a walk in a serene park. Those who had engaged in conversations about youth displayed jubilant and energetic behavior, seemingly exuding the vitality of youth itself. In stark contrast, participants who had discussed old age were observed walking with a noticeable difference, as if they had aged prematurely, appearing as though they were in their 60s.


This study underscores a fundamental truth about human psychology: what we talk about profoundly influences what we do. It serves as a compelling reminder of the power of words in shaping our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, even when the reality may not align with the discussions.


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