LANGUAGE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY THING, but we don’t often think about it as such. More or less everyone talks, they do it from an early age, in a spontaneous way and it all seems very easy and unremarkable. Yet, it is the single most obvious aspect of human behaviour that shows we are connected. The prime purpose of language is to communicate with others. It allows us to be consciously objective and allows us to express our deepest feelings. It is a mechanism by which we can consciously connect with the inner and also a mechanism by which we can span the distance between ourselves and others – we can project our mind by speaking our mind. Stephen Pinker (2007b) suggests that “language … emerges from minds interacting with one another.” Such a quote compels us to look at language as a vital element in our considerations of interpersonal relationships.
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Richard Curtis Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc, is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker on the topics of neuroscience, psychosocial genomics, has developed special training courses for suicide prevention and is the originator of the Curiosity Approach. In addition to lectures to the psychological profession in Australia and the world, Richard has a strong engagement with the coaching and business community. His Curiosity Approach offers an innovative new perspective for therapeutic practice of all forms. He is President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), a select member of the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Group, an Esteemed Member of the International Council of Professional Therapists, on the editorial board of The Neuropsychotherapist, and director of the Mindscience Institute. He holds Masters degrees in Arts; Education; and Mind and Brain Sciences. His books include, Choose Hope, How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy!, and The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands, as well as numerous articles, journal papers and book chapters, including in Perspectives on Coping and Resilience and Strengths Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health, published worldwide.
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