Curing the Language of Care: The Heaviness of the Prescriptive Jargon, Moving Towards a Lighter Language for Better Caring and Better Outcomes—Language, Music, Sound and Colour

  • Maria Giulia Marini


Language has a tremendous impact on our wellbeing (Newberg and Waldme 2012). This chapter analyses the power of spoken language, music and sound together and as single elements: first, we will take out the words and leave the music, and then we will take out music and leave sound eventually until reaching silence. These elements are vital to our wellbeing and affect the functioning of our brains, inducing the release of neurotransmitters involved in building our sense of belonging and approaching problems (Newberg and Waldme 2012).

Keywords of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage

Word Say Want Don’t want Do You Touch See Hear Feel Bad Move Good 


  1. Ahmadshah F et al (2010) The effect of listening to lullaby music on physiologic response and weight gain of premature infants. J Neonatal-Perinatal Med 3(2):103–107Google Scholar
  2. Banfi P, Cappuccio A, Latella ME, Reale L, Muscianisi E, Marini MG (2018) Narrative medicine to improve the management and quality of life of patients with COPD: the first experience applying parallel chart in Italy. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis 13:287–297CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Berne E (1972) What do you say after you say hallo? Time Book, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  4. Breuning LG (2015) Habits of a happy brain: retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, & endorphin levels. Adams Media Corporation, Avon, MAGoogle Scholar
  5. Chatwin B (1984) The songlines. Penguin Edition, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  6. Gawande A (2007) Better: a surgeon’s notes on performance. Metropolitan, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  7. Griffith T (2013)
  8. Lacan J (1966) Écrits. First published by Éditions du SeuilGoogle Scholar
  9. McAuliffe K (1983) Brain Tuner. OmniGoogle Scholar
  10. Merwin WS (1971) The unwritten. The New YorkerGoogle Scholar
  11. Morris S (1989) The Facilitation of Learning. Privately published manuscript, p. 15Google Scholar
  12. Newberg A, Waldme MR (2012) Words can change your brain. Hudson Street Press, New York, NYGoogle Scholar
  13. O’Connor Z (2011) Colour psychlogy and color therapy: caveat emptor. Color Res Appl 36(3):229–234CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Pease A, Pease B (2006) The definitive book of body language: the hidden meaning behind people’s gestures and expressions. Bantam Books, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  15. Persico G et al (2017) Maternal singing of lullabies during pregnancy and after birth: effects on mother-infant bonding and on newborns’ behaviour. Women Birth 30(4):e214–e220CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Ripollés P et al (2014) The role of reward in word learning and its implications for language acquisition. Curr Biol 24(21):2606–2611CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Skeat WW (1888) An etymological dictionary of the English language. Clarendon Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  18. Tillman JB (2016) Experiencing music—restoring the spiritual, music as wellbeing. Oxford, Bern, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main. Peter Lang, New York. CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Wierzbicka A (1997) Understanding cultures through their key words: English, Russian, Polish, German, and Japanese. Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Giulia Marini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Healthcare InnovationFondazione ISTUDMilanItaly

Personalised recommendations