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Why ‘No’ Can Be A Dangerous Word

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mahatma Ghandi

Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Waldman, in their Psychology Today
article, “Why This Word is So Dangerous to Say or Hear,” explain about the dangers of ‘no’:

“If I were to put you into an fMRI scanner—a huge donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes in your brain—and flash the word 'NO' for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication.”

Kaila Weingarten, in her article that’s the basis for an Exchange Reflections YES Environments, writes:

“Everyone needs a YES environment to do their best. A YES environment is a safe, positive place that encourages personal growth by allowing the freedom of reasonable risk taking. For children, this means a place:

Discussion questions and commitment suggestions in this Exchange Reflections encourage individuals or groups to consider ideas that could help early care and education settings move to a more “yes-focused” environment.

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