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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Quick Chat #5: Negation doesn't negate.
Negation isn't understood by the mind. Don't think of an elephant! I bet you just did. That's because simply negating something doesn't change the impact and visual it has on you. Those of you who are parents will know (should know) this. It's better to say "Stand over there" then it is to say "don't touch the stove". This came up in a discussion I had at a conference. Although not new to me, I found it a good reminder. Lawyers undoubtedly know this, as once a visual is created you can't simply "strike it"