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This Aimee Mullins Keynote Talks about Overcoming Adversity

By: Andrew Robertson - Published: • References: ted & youtube
In the Aimee Mullins keynote, the athlete and actor discusses the pitfalls of language that prevents individuals from relating to themselves in a positive manner.

Beginning her speech with the thesaurus entry for cripple, Aimee outlines how all the words connected to cripple revolve around an idea of being incomplete, miserable and incapable. Language instructs the way people think, to say something out loud transforms it from a notion into a reality. The associations and exceptions inherent in phrases and words continue to prevent individuals from achieving the reality they want.

Using the question about overcoming adversity Mullins describes how the question itself implies that happiness entails overcoming the supposed pitfalls of a life with prosthetic legs. Rather than exacerbating negative impressions, language should catch up to technology and work to bolster the human spirit and encourage hope. Stats for Removing Negative Connotations Trending: Older & Mild
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