Project Transformational Vocabulary
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“This is an organic evolution of my linguistics project [<link; shot read].“
“What’s it about?“
“I know the concept of transformational vocabulary from Tony Robbins.
The words we attach to our experience become our experience. Words have a biochemical effect on the body. (Tony Robbins)
You can change your emotional state through the language you use to describe your experience. Tony calls this type of language, transformational vocabulary.
Language is a tool. However, Tony’s idea is but one application of it. Jason Silva shares a mind-blowing perspective:
The words you use to map reality affect your experience of reality. Words do not just describe; words are generative.
Language is a metaphysical tool. […] We create and perceive our world through language. We think reality into existence through linguistic construction in real-time.
I’m fascinated by the magical technology we call ‘language’. I see language and meaning as the ultimate playground. I’m especially interested in practical ways of using language for personal transformation and for shaping your subjective reality – I call this process, reality painting.
I see concepts as the (modular) building blocks of meaning. In playing with concepts, we’re playing with meaning in the same way a child is playing with Legos.
We all have an internal concept library we unconsciously use to construct meaning in real-time. The library was unconsciously (and haphazardly) ‘compiled’ over the course of our life. I want to make this process conscious and deliberate.
I’ve started compiling a dictionary of the most powerful concepts that make up my personal universe of meaning, and of the most powerful concepts humanity has created that are transferrable across domains and disciplines. I call this project, Transformational Vocabulary – in homage to and as an extension of Tony’s idea.
I’m interested not just in the concepts, but also in the interconnections between them. I use Obsidian for this project because it allows me to see them as a graph – as a beautiful (and useful) constellation of meaning.
I’m also deconstructing and organizing the concepts, identifying various kinds of linguistic and semantic structures.“