Friday, June 13, 2014

REVIEW: Words: Spoken and Unspoken Forces by Anita Saleem


WORDS Cover Version 04_1400x2100Words: Spoken and Unspoken Forces provides the key to understanding the secret power of words and traces how this power is activated by drawing references from various authors and experts in psychology, philosophy, medicine, and semiotics. The author presents a theoretical model to understand why words affect individuals by suggesting that words color emotions, shape behaviors, and influence physiological functioning to create an overall impact (whether positive or negative). Drawing upon several scientific studies, this book will help the reader understand why words are spoken and unspoken forces that have the potential to shape the future.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book does a pretty thorough job of explaining through illustrations and the referencing of scientific data that words, whether spoken or simply thought of, have the power to change our very reality. The author explains through examples from different world religions, different psychological theories, and scientific data that words have always been very rudimentary to ourselves as human beings.
It is a fascinating book to read, and when you start contemplating it, very true. I've said many times that I wish I had a 10 second pause button on some people so I can protect my children from their words. Once said and heard, can never be unsaid and unheard. Untold psychological damage can and does occur to each of us from words said thoughtlessly.
As good of a book as this is, and as thought-provoking as it is, part of the end had a very Christian theme to it. Being a Christian, I didn't mind it, however, those followers of other religions may find it offensive or unnecessary.

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About the Author:

anitaAnita Saleem holds an MS/MPhil in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She was born and raised in Pakistan where she currently teaches Psychology to undergraduates at Forman Christian College. At the age of 25, she is a lecturer, an author and a researcher who best expresses herself through her writing. She frequently pens articles for local newspapers on culture, arts, faith, tolerance and relationships.

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