The Power of Words
by Steve Johnson
July 4th, 2020
There is a power in words which goes unrecognized by most. Words inspire, motivate, and strengthen us. They can also inflame, deceive, and weaken us. The power of any word begins in our brain, as a thought or perception. That perception is then manifested through spoken or written words.
Our Great Country was founded on the power of words, the thoughts of our founding fathers manifested through the Declaration of Independence. The world knew each of them were committed to those mighty words, because they had linguistic evidence of that commitment – their signatures. The evidence of that commitment inspired others to stand with them, or die if necessary, in pursuit of a righteous cause. The righteous cause which motivated them, was that of freedom, religious freedom and independence from tyranny. Their cause was so inspirational, that men chose to fight, and even die for it.
This morning as I read the inspiring words contained in the Declaration of Independence and heard the inspiring story behind our National Anthem (link above), I thought of the fight that continues in our great country today. There are millions of good people in this country that support and rely on the brave men and women keeping the peace domestically. Yet, the voice of the few who would disband police departments seems to be loud. There are approximately 800,000 police officers in the United States, that respond to and investigate millions of crimes each day. They do not seek attention for the combined millions of good deeds they do each day. They are solid, good people, doing the right thing for the right reasons. It is sad when the egregious acts of a minuscule few, taint the good deeds of many. With the eyes of many focused upon us, we must operate at a higher level. There is no room for mediocrity.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them…
From the perspective of one that studies words as they relate to human nature, I find the first paragraph of The Declaration of Independence fascinating. They included a reference to the laws of nature…God’s law. This is the fundamental principle of our work…human nature. The divine nature in which we, as human beings, were created to function is what gives us an advantage in our work of getting to the truth. It is what helps us clear the innocent, as well as to remove those that are a detriment to society. The unjust and cruel deeds of a tyrant motivated our founding fathers to act. It was a classic battle between right and wrong. On an arguably smaller scale, criminal investigators continue that fight today and it is a fight that will continue for many years to come.
Fortunately, we have the advantage of understanding the power associated with words. The more we understand human nature and how the brain was programmed to function, (which has been the same for thousands of years), the more we will understand the significance of any particular word choice.
Did you know our words have a vibrational energy associated with them? If you want to be on your A-Game at work as well as in your personal life, you will use this to your advantage.
Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, When a decision is made, the universe conspires to make it happen.
What he is referring to is the vibrational energy inherent in everything around us. Did you know the cells in our body are made up of millions of vibrating molecules? With that in mind, it’s not difficult to understand that our bodies and environment around us react to the vibrational energy associated with the words we speak. Words with a high vibrational energy, create additional energy, success and momentum. Conversely, words with low vibrational energy, beget more low energy and a momentum deficit.
As I stated above, our words have the power to strengthen or weaken us. Whether you realize it or not, as an investigator you use this to your advantage all the time. Deceptive words are among those with a low vibrational energy. The drop in vibrational energy weakens the speaker. The Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) measures and graphs the weakened vibration energy in our voice, or the Frequency Modulation of the micro muscle tremors in our voice box. The graph is very similar to that of an EKG measuring the strength of our heart muscle. The stronger the heartbeat, the sharper the spike on the graph.
A similar graph appears on the CVSA chart. When the muscles in the voice box are strong, we see a sharp spike in the graph. When the muscles are weakened from a deceptive answer, the graph reflects a flattened or weakened pattern.
The scientific evidence above is nothing short of amazing! Words are powerful. Good or bad, they create a physiological change in all of us. You have the advantage if you understand this in depth and know how to use it. What I have touched upon in this article is only the beginning. Whatever you do, keep practicing the principles you have learned in order to win the good fight. If you desire more in-depth training, Peter Hyatt and I teach a one-of-a-kind to professional investigators and therapists. We also have a talented team of investigators and analysts that meet each month online.
There is a book I highly recommend for everyone. It will be especially significant to those that already understand the power of words. It is called The Liberty of Our Language Revealed. Once you read it, you will probably want copies for your family and friends.
Keep up the good work!
Steve Johnson is a retired police detective with over 30 years investigative experience, and the owner of Truth2Lies Analysis Group. He is a certified Statement Analyst and Certified Forensic Handwriting Analyst. Instagram: Truth2LiesAnalysis