Shift Your Vision: Language Patterns, Our Differences, Our Selves
As people identify their ThoughtPrints in this workshop, they will begin to literally see, in color - blue, pink, green, and orange - not "black and white" - the ways that thoughts in the mind turn to sentences in the mouth and on paper or screen. Sometimes our thoughts are embedded in our sense of our indentities. And sometimes they speak to our selves in ways that we have not yet identified. Furthermore, our thoughts form patterns which inform both our language habits and our views of our world. As people in the workshop start to gain access to their language habits, they will find new ways of speaking about diversity and strategies for addressing it. Working with a patented description of a structural logic of English, we will look at the four basic thought patterns which we can identify in all English speaking and writing across racial, ethnic, and geographic boundaries. As we work with these patterns, we see differences not only in terms of our usual description of diversity but also in terms of the way we shift our visual, abstract, and unformed thoughts into sentences. So, doing this, we begin to find a new respect, through language, for our own strengths and weaknesses, and we can begin to build new bridges to others.
Keywords: Thought Patterns, ThoughtPrint, Dialogue Triggers, Language Habits, Thinking, Boundaries, Identity
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