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Reinventing Yourself by Mario Alonso Puig

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10. WORDS CREATE REALITIES

“Behind depression is aggression against oneself.”SIGMUND FREUD

There’s a second mechanism by which the imposter identity can alter our state of mind and that is the use of language. Language does not only describe but creates our reality. Words automatically and rapidly open “emotional boxes”. The type of emotional box they open depends on the experiences that we associate with those words.

The fact that language has access to this personal emotional world, both intimate and unique to each individual, is quite logical if we understand that we all use words to interpret what is happening to us. It is through our interpretations and the value we attach to the events that affect us, that we establish our certainties and ...

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