The Power of Naming

By Terence T. Gorski
Author (Gorski Books)

I have come to believe that, scientifically speaking, everything is related to everything else. We name things in order to make important distinctions within ourselves, others, and the world around us.

Somehow, having a name for something makes us feel better. To name something gives us more intimate knowledge of people and things. It also gives us instructions for how that which we have named should be treated.

It is our need to believe that we know what we don’t know that drives our need to name people and things. The process of naming makes us feel less afraid.

The process of giving the wrong name to ourselves, other people, or things can cause serious problems. This is especially true in naming the things that are wrong with us or give us pain.

In medicine and psychology naming what is wrong is called giving a diagnosis. The naming of a problem makes people feel better just because they believe that somebody with knowledge and authority know what it wrong with them. This provides hope that maybe they also know how to make it right.

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