Of all things that we experience continuously Sound is something that’s kind of ever present and we are helplessly exposed to it all the time. Even when you are asleep you continue to hear something or the other, be it humming of your fridge, sound of humming AC motor or a distant and faint sound of a rushing ambulance! In fact I wonder what exactly pin drop silence is, as even in the deep calm moments one can listen to his own heartbeats. So it won’t be wrong to say there is actually no such thing as no sound.
Why I talked about this is , because this series of blogs will be devoted to the mystery of sound wherein we will delve deeper into the various schools of thought from across the globe since ancient times to the most recent developments in this area and desire is to seek some more clarity, how does it impact us.
We think in terms of pictures this has been confirmed by scientists too.We have an inner dialogue going on always and eastern philosophy has been always bullish on calming it down.I won’t comment on the success rate of any of these practices, but I would like to put forth some new ways to look at impact of Sound and Sight on our behaviour and thinking. The Thought Architect – is a Sequel and will have lot of information all at one place .In this sequel you shall be able to understand the most complex scientific work done in the most simple language.We assure this is going to be a read of your lifetime.
Lately scientists have worked a lot on the effect of sound on many things including water! One such name is Dr.Masaru Emoto.
Water crystals when exposed to some words like “ThankYou” or “You Fool”. It changed the pattern and structure of the water crystals. In this experiment, these words were written on the slip and then it was pasted on the bottles. What came out of it after sometime was amazing. Water crystals with the ThankYou label were found more symmetrical and beautiful, also please note that none of person pasting the strips or looking at the images of water crystal did not know what the word meant, as it was written in German. This goes to prove that WORDS DO HAVE INFLUENCE ON WATER.
For more details on this experiment Click here,
Closer to home in our motherland India, there are enough evidences supporting the long held belief that words have dramatic effect on our psyche.In our next sequel we will discuss about the history of Mantra and how the sound was classified by our sages into 4 categories.
In our study of various religions we have found that prayers are common denominator. Now, the big question is how these strings of words bring out hope, faith, optimism inside us. Not only this , in our counseling and consulting sessions we have observed how the way you give feedback influences the person and their willingness to work with us towards the solution.
There are many effects which shall be discussed in moderate length in this blog. One of the foremost work in the Organizational Psychology was done by Marcial Losada. He found out what is now known as Losada Ratio. The Losada ratio is the sum of the positivity in a system divided by the sum of its negativity. A ratio of 3.0 to 6.0 has been found to be highly correlated with high performance.
The Losada ratio is also known as the positivity ratio, Gottman ratio, and Losada line. The first suspicion of a positivity ratio came from the field of marital stability and relationship analysis, from the research of John Gottman. Over the course of dozens of studies and thousands of observations, he gained the ability to predict whether or not a couple would divorce with over 90% accuracy. A key factor of that prediction was the ratio of positive expressions to negative expressions.
The second suspicion of a positivity ratio came from the field of organizational psychology, from the research of Marcial Losada.
Adopting Gottman’s coding methodology for business teams, Losada observed teams of eight while they developed strategic plans. Once again, the ratio of positive expressions to negative expressions was highly predictive of team success, as judged by both hard numbers like profitability, and soft numbers like evaluations by colleagues and superiors.
The study which finally brought the positivity ratio to its current level of popularity came from the field of positive psychology, from the research of Barbara Fredrickson. She found that college students with a positivity ratio above 3 were significantly more likely to have high mental and social health.
These findings have been subsequently confirmed in additional settings (e.g. a nursing home), having been cited over 700 times.
We all are programmed to experience a Negative Event in a more profound manner than the positive event. Now this is hard to digest for most of the positive thinkers here, and we have one simple example to quote here:
Case 1. Your girlfriend or boyfriend says “I love You” so many times during your relationship , but even if once she or he says “I Hate You”. You instantly start believing this. There are enough of such things in our life.
So as per Losada Ratio , if we want to bring out the best out of someone we need to give more of positive feedbacks and less of negative ones (Constructive feedback).
But why does positivity lead to increased performance? It’s an evolutionary adaption – happiness is a signal that it’s okay to make long-term investments. From Barbara Fredrickson’s paper, Beyond the Moment:
“When we are in a state of relative safety and satiety—when there are few threats demanding intense, narrowed attention—positive emotions allow us to pursue our long-term interests. In our ancestors, transitory states of positive emotions led to behavior that may seem pointless or extravagant from the perspective of immediate survival, but that perhaps conferred serious advantages in the long term”.
A positivity ratio above 3.0 signaled safety and satiety – that Joe was surrounded by friends, healthy, had a stockpile of food, and that now was the best time to make long-term investments.
That is the function of positive emotion – to tell the body, now is the time – you are safe, so you can stop worrying about the day-to-day worries of the present, and go make true your dreams of the future.
Anyways what caught our attention is WHAT IF SAME HAPPENS INSIDE OUR BRAIN TOO? Here is what we are talking about, Let’s say being an average person entire day you are surrounded by constant thoughts based on judgment of situations, people, things etc and this not a new thing either that we all keep thinking like this all day without ever being aware of it either, so much so that as we found in our work that people get totally absorbed in their own versions of reality. Some thoughts are positive while others are negative and we also know that both these thoughts have some impact on our emotions, hormones, heartbeat just to name the few.
50,000 thoughts hit your brain on an average in a given day .That comes down to close 2083 thoughts/hour , that looks impossible to most of us. Lets discount this as when I was writing on this piece , I didn’t have any credible information. For the sake of more authenticity I looked up at work done by Noble Prize winning scientist David Kahnemen, where in he said each day we experience close to 20,000 moments.
Where a moment is defined as few seconds in which our brain records an experience. So if we take a rough number for number of thoughts it won’t be less than 20,000 in a given day .
Building on this premise , every hour we witness 833 thoughts .Wohhhhhhhhhhhh
Now imagine if 60% times your brain sends you negative thoughts which will be like 499 thoughts per hour , and since Marcial Losada and Placebo Effect have shown considerable evidence in their support. It is but likely for you to end up in a identity crisis situation coupled with low self esteem and lower efficiency to fight with the problems.
I would like to quote the findings from Marcial Losada’s work. He has mentioned that High performing teams have P/N ratio of 5.6 ~6.0 (These teams were getting 6 positive comments for every 1 negative comment)
Medium performing teams P/N ratio was 1.9~2.0 ( These teams were getting 2 positive comments for every 1 negative comment)
Low performing teams P/N ratio was .36~1 ( These teams were getting 3 negative comments for every 1 positive comment).
Building on the same concept, if we calculate what we need to do in order to be high performer?
Answer is pretty simple, you got to give 6 positive conscious comments to yourself every time your inner critic gives you thumbs down.
Now this is where the story becomes really interesting. As I mentioned earlier in the post about the impact of positive words (refer the work of Mr.Masaru Emoto). In my next blog I will cover the “How it happens part” in greater detail. For the time being lets try and practice giving 6 positive comments to ourselves and see where we can go from there. As far as our little work is concerned we have found it correct that almost everyone agreed that negative comments are more than 50% (we are talking about students of age 6+to 13 years).
Feel free to let us know about your positive and negative thoughts through our poll in our website.
Thanks for reading this FAR.