There are about 7,000 languages worldwide. Each language reflects the culture of the people who speak it.
Studying other languages and how they develop over time can help scholars understand the unique ways we communicate with one another.
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Most of us have felt offended at a remark. However, we have probably also experienced the shock of finding out that others were offended by our comments, even if we had no intention of hurting ...
Our expectations are mostly formed in the context of our relationships with others. When they are breached, we tend to feel offended.
We often take offense outside our personal relationships—for example, a comment on Facebook that ridicules or questions something we find important or of value.
We use our values and beliefs to make judgements. Our belief in specific values may be an important part of our identity and explains why we take offense when those values are not respected.
Metaphors use familiar objects and phenomena to help think through and talk about abstract ideas.
Although metaphors can illustrate ideas and provide insight, they can also...
Some studies suggest that one in every 25 words we use is a metaphor. The choice of metaphor can form the way we see the world and act upon it.
In a series of experiments, participants were given two identical reports about crime, except that one report described the crime as "a wild beast preying on the city" and the other "a virus infecting the city." When asked for solutions, those who read the first report suggested stricter law enforcement, while those who read the second proposed social reforms.
Metaphors, like “trickle-down economics” and “red wall,” help frame the issues and also our responses to social and political discussions.
When politicians compare the national economy to a household budget, they want us to think in specific ways about national debt or policies of austerity.
Metaphors also play a role in science. Science accepts that metaphors can be limiting, but admit that they are an essential tool for thinking.
Walking through a doorway can make you forget. You'll walk from one room to another with a clear idea of whatever you need to do, but when you get there, you can't reme...
Researchers found that imagining walking through a doorway can also interfere with your memory. Worse still, phrases that insert a temporal boundary between events have the same sort of mental divider as a doorway. For example, reading a sentence that starts with "A few hours later..."
This tells us that our brains operate with certain mechanical dynamics. When you can't remember why you walked through a doorway, don't be alarmed. Your brain simply thought the doorway meant you needed a memory divider.
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