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March 28, 2008 The messages we speak fall into two categories: Nonverbal and Verbal Verbal- All words are symbols Symbols define people, objects, and emotions i.e. What is a girlfriend? Where is that line of where you cross from a friend to a girlfriend? Totalizing- when you use a single label to represent a person i.e. Teacher, mother, feminist Marking- adding an unnecessary reference to gender, ethnicity. i.e. The MALE nurse is coming to see me. You would never say.. “This is my friend, Jackie, who is 6-feet tall .” Symbols Evaluate - the labels we use are hidden with values. Not neutral i.e. What is casual vs messy? We use positive words to describe people we like We use negative words to describe people we don’t like Static Evaluation- assumes everything is unchangeable Index-our evaluation applies to specific times or circumstances i.e. Don was irresponsible on the task committee Loaded Language- words that strongly slant perception i.e. Is someone a treehugger or an environmentalist?
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