I often wonder why people say "don't forget" rather than say "remember." Remember is more positive! Some psychologists say that the negative like "don't run" plants the suggestion to run ... especially in children.I commented:
Ginny, this is interesting. I'll have to "remember" to be positive!I'm surprised that, as a word person, I had not noticed this before. The negative version of it must really be ingrained in me (and maybe our culture).
"Don't forget to buy bread on your way home."While writing this, I went back to Ginny's post, and discovered she had added:
"Don't forget to turn out the light."
I read that when we say "I can't remember" or "I forgot" that we program our brains to not remember. Rather we might say "I will remember." This might especially help us older folks who are often accused of forgetting more.I responded:
Wow, this is also interesting. So let me restate my previous comment even more positively: "I will remember to be positive!"Ginny, ending the conversation, clicked "like" on what I just said. Tell me I'm not the only one — besides Ginny — who likes thinking about the way we use language.
(I posted this on my word blog this morning.)