The Positive Imperative has a mandate to both educate on the subject of Positivity as well as to develop actionable programs to enact the Positivity. The Positive Word Imperative is the believe that we as a society must learn, word at and consciously communicate in a vocabulary of positive words and that in order to raise the bar on society creating more Positive Energy that it is indeed imperative to do so. PosiWords is one of the founding programs of action that the Positive Imperative has created having identified this issues as a major roadblock in our communication and in the opportunity by creating this conversation to also educate on the importance of Positivity.
PosiWords fit into two categories. 1. Existing words and 2. Made up words.
Existing words are either a favorite well known word already in existence ie: Forgive, or a recognized word, but one that is not well used or known. (See Gernavity in the PosiWords weekly post)
Made-up words are brand new and made up that we create like PosiWords and PosiValues simply by placing the prefex “Posi” in front of a word, an adapted variation of a word like “Yesability”, which is not in current language use but can have a new connotation that continues enhances the conversation of Positivity by bringing to the table a new context or dimension of the root word, or a completely new word either made up of combined prefixes or suffixes or alliteration sounds or even adapted from other languages. In choosing such a new word we are again hoping to expand our vocabulary to accentuate the positive with an idea that is not exactly covered by our existing and very limited positive vocabulary. (It would seem we have hundred of years or creating negative words and connotation and for every one hundred negative words there are often only one or two that fill the opposite or positive side of the conversation. IE: 5 to 10 words will well explain the idea of a “sane person” however there are dozes that are used to explain or bring different connotations to the word insane. (see the blog post on mass shootings/mental health for a complete list).
A campaign to identify positive, words that would have impact and be beneficial to society that either aren’t identified, or would take several words to explain. This may also identify words that may exist but are not common. IE: Generavity = Opposite of Narcissistic. They may be created either by obvious usage ie: Posiwords, or by identifying a need for a word that may be missing and starting from there. IE: A word that asks or gives the notion of altruistic involvement of an individual in society. IE: What’s you’re Generavity as a conversation opener, referring to if a person volunteers, or has a project they are working on to improve the world.
Our society has and endless array of negative words, plus a large volume of negative words to actually mean positive outcomes. IE: Affirmative answers. Either 1. NO PROBLEM, No Skin Off Me, or simply the affirmative “POSITIVE”
Positivity and PosiWords
The creation of Positive WORDS!
Words and Concepts
The Positive word is constructive and promotes health…. The negative is therefore destructive and impedes health or creates negative energy.
The Neutral is to be without and therefore engages the prefix Un and Dis frequently… as in to not have hope, is simply not to have it and therefore no hope as opposed to despair and not the polar opposite and is therefore not necessarily the same as the Negative word, or the opposite or antonym.
(please accept our apologies….formatting tables coming soon :>) )
Examples of words that fit into the 3 categories of Positive Neutral & Negative.
Constructive * unconstructive * Destructive
Congruence* * Incongruence * Divergence Explosion * Incongruence * Convergence Implosion
Light is positive, *Faintness/Dimness * Darkness = negative.
Passionate *Dispassionate / impassionate / wishy-washy * Anger
Helpful * Unhelpful * Hurtful
Encouraging * indifference * Discouraging
moving forward/progressive * immobile * Moving backward/regressive
affirmative * Undecided / uncommitted * negative
good * Neutral * Bad
Hope * No Hope * Despair
Certain * Uncertain *dubious
Optimistic * Uncommitted * pessimist
Helpful * Disengaged * Detrimental
Healthy * Unhealthy * Harmful
Kind * Unkind * Cruel
Strong * lethargy * weak
Caring * Indifferent/ Uncaring * Callous/heartless
Love * Apathy * Hate
Courage * Apprehension * Fear
Education/Knowledge * Ignorance * Misinformation/Propaganda
More of this….(read bear hugs:>)
Positive, Constructive, Light, Passion, Help, Encouragement, Move Forwards, Affirmations,
Generavity = Opposite of Narcissistic. They may be created either by obvious usage ie: Posiwords, or by identifying a need for a word that may be missing and starting from there. IE: A word that asks or gives the notion of altruistic involvement of an individual in society. IE: What’s you’re Generavity as a conversation opener, referring to if a person volunteers, or has a project they are working on to improve the world.
Less of…. (Read…crap or anything negative…
Unconstructive, Faintness/Dimness, Dispassionate / impassionate / wishy-washy, Unhelpful, indifference, immobile, Undecided / uncommitted, Neutral, no hope, Uncertain, Uncommitted, Disengaged, Unhealthy, Unkind, lethargy, Indifferent/ Uncaring, apathy, apprehension, ………second breath….
Destructive, Darkness = negative. Anger, Hurtful, Discouraging, Moving backward/regressive, negative, bad, despair, dubious, pessimistic, detrimental, harmful, cruel, weak, callous, heartless, hateful, and two of the biggest…. Fear and Ingorance!
Now, let’s take a look at a couple of words by they selves as synonyms as you would find them in Rogers Thesaurus.
FEAR = abhorrence, agitation, angst, anxiety, apprehensiveness, aversion, awe, bugbear, chickenheartedness*, cold feet*, cold sweat*, concern, consternation, cowardice, creeps, despair, discomposure, dismay, disquietude, distress, doubt, dread, faintheartedness, foreboding, fright, funk*, horror, jitters, misgiving, nightmare, panic, phobia, presentiment, qualm, recreancy, reverence, revulsion, scare, suspicion, terror, timidity, trembling, tremor, trepidation, unease, uneasiness, worry
Neutral = as in detached or disinterested (not impartial which is not our use of the word in this application or concept). abstract, apathetic, casual, cool*, disinterested, dispassionate, distant, impartial, impersonal, incurious, indifferent, laid back, neutral, objective, poker-faced*, remote, removed, reserved, spaced out, spacey*, unbiased, uncommitted, unconcerned, uncurious, uninvolved, unpassioned, unprejudiced, withdrawn
aloof, candid, casual, clock-watcher, detached, dispassionate, equitable, even-handed, impartial, impersonal, incurious, indifferent, lackadaisical, negative, neutral, outside, perfunctory, remote, unbiased, unconcerned, uncurious, unprejudiced, unselfish, withdrawn
abrogating, absent, adverse, annulling, antagonistic, anti, bad, balky, colorless, con, contrary, contravening, counteractive, cynical, denying, detrimental, disallowing, disavowing, dissentient, dissenting, gainsaying, gloomy, impugning, invalidating, jaundiced, naysaying, negatory, neutralizing, nullifying, opposing, pessimistic, privative, recusant, refusing, rejecting, removed, repugnant, resisting, resistive, unaffirmative, unenthusiastic, unfavorable, uninterested, unwilling, weak
Have fun looking up more positive neutral words.
The above lists are from Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
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Abiding Able Abstinence Acceptance Accomplished Accountable Achieving Acknowledging Acquiescent Active Adoring Advanced Affectionate Affirming Aglow Agreeable Alert Alive Altruistic Ambitious Amenable Amusing Angelic Appealing Appreciative Approachable Approving Aspiring Assertive Assisting Assured Attentive Attractive Awake Aware Balanced Beautiful Believing Benevolent Bestowing Blameless Blessed Bold Boundaries Bountiful Bravery Calm Capable Careful Caring Caution Certain Charitable Charming Chaste Cheerful Clean Clear Comforting Commendable Committed Compassionate Composed Concerned Confident Confirming Conscientious Considerate Consoling Contemplative Content Contributing Controlled Co-operative Correct Courageous Courteous Creative Cultured Curiosity Daring Decent Dedicated Deliberate Delicate Decisive Delightful Detached Determination Devotion Devout Dignified Diligent Discerning Disciplined Discretion Discriminating Distinctive Distinguished Dutiful Dynamic Eager Earnest Educated Effective Efficient Eloquent Empathy Empowering Encouraging Energetic Enkindled Enlightened Enriched Enterprising Enthusiastic Equitable Excelling Exciting Fair Faithful Fearless Fidelity Firm Flexible Focused Forbearing Forceful Foresighted Forgiving Fortitude Free Fresh Friendly Fruitful Fulfilled Generous Gentle Gifted Giving Glad Glorious Goal-oriented Graceful Gracious Grateful Growing Happy Hardy Harmless Harmonious Healing Helpful Honest Honorable Hopeful Hospitable Humane Humble Humor Idealistic Illuminated Illustrious Imaginative Impartial Important Improving Independent Individual Industrious Innocent Integrity Intelligent Interdependent Interested Intimate Intuitive Involved Joyful Just Kind Knowing Knowledgeable Learned Lenient Lively Lofty Logical Loving Lowly Loyal Lucid Magnanimous Majestic Masterful Matchless Mature Meaningful Meek Merciful Mighty Ministering Model Moderate Modest Moral Motivated Mover Mystical Noble Notable Nourishing Nurturing Obedient Objective Observant Open Optimistic Orderly Organized Original Passionate Patient Peaceful Penitent Perceptive Persevering Persistent Pious Pleasing Polite Positive Potent Powerful Practical Prayerful Prepared Productive Progressive Proper Protective Proud Provider Prudent Pure Purposeful Qualified Quiet Questioning Radiant Rational Reasonable Receptive Refined Reflective Relaxed Reliable Religious Renown Repentant Resigned Respectful Responsible Responsive Restrained Revealing Reverent Righteous Sacrificial Sanctified Satisfied Searching Seeker Seemly Sensitive Service-oriented Simplicity Sincere Sobriety Spiritual Spontaneous Steadfast Strength Striving Submissive Successful Supportive Sympathetic Tactful Temperate Tenacious Tender Thankful Thoughtful Thriving Tolerant Toughness Tranquil Trusting Trustworthy Truthful Unconcerned Understanding Unfailing Unrestrained Unselfish Uplifting Valiant Victorious Vigilant Virtuous Visionary Vital Volitional Warm Well Wholesome Wisdom Wonderful
PIQ (Positive Imperative Question) Responding to the understanding of choices, when it comes to making important decisions, moral decisions or even how to respond to life’s big and small challenges, there is usually only two directions you can go with your response when making a decision and of course the often used indecision, “do nothing” which is again the biggest wasteland of life. For clarification to take a stand on postponing a decision until circumstances change or more information is gathered in not a neutral indecision, but rather a positive decision based on a strategy building on making the best decision. The caveat being that it must have a time line and should not be left to the indefinite.
So the PIQ is a question in the “PI” book that asks relevant questions at several points of the book to begin to make you think not only about the obvious choice between how you respond to important questions in life, be it drinking and driving which obviously has no neutral, but to look at the many instances in life where you may be “doing the neutral” and you have not made either a conscious effort or decision to do the positive.
There will be part of the book as well as the focus of our blog to have an ongoing dialogue on this subject but for now we’ll warm you up with some issues followed by a PIQ. (Positive Imperative Question).