Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: How to Choose Words Wisely and Well

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Joseph Telushkin is renowned for his warmth, his erudition, and his richly anecdotal insights, and in Words That Hurt, Words That Heal he focuses these gifts on the words we use in public and in private, revealing their tremendous power to shape relationships. With wit and wide-ranging intelligence, Rabbi Telushkin explains the harm in spreading gossip, rumors, or others' secrets, and how unfair anger, excessive criticism, or lying undermines true communication. By sensitizing us to subtleties of speech we may never have considered before, he shows us how to turn every exchange into an opportunity. Remarkable for its clarity and practicality, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal illuminates the powerful effects we create by what we say and how we say it.

Table of Contents

The Unrecognized Power of Wordsp. 1
The Unrecognized Power of Wordsp. 3
How We Speak About Othersp. 11
The Irrevocable Damage Inflicted by Gossipp. 15
The Lure of Gossipp. 35
When, If Ever, Is It Appropriate to Reveal Information That Will Humiliate or Harm Another?p. 46
Privacy and Public Figuresp. 55
How We Speak to Othersp. 67
Controlling Rage and Angerp. 69
Fighting Fairp. 84
How to Criticize, and How to Accept Rebukep. 90
Between Parents and Childrenp. 107
The Cost of Public Humiliationp. 118
Is Lying Always Wrong?p. 133
Words That Healp. 147
Words That Healp. 151
What Do We Do Now?p. 167
Incorporating the Principles of Ethical Speech into Daily Lifep. 169
Where Heaven and Earth Touch: A National "Speak No Evil Day"p. 183
Appendix: Text of Senate Resolution to Establish a National "Speak No Evil Day"p. 187
Notesp. 189
Indexp. 209
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