5 Ways the word “ALL” is being leveraged to drive your behavior

The word ALL

When was the last time you were in a conversation, and heard someone use the word “ALL” to describe the beliefs or behavior of an entire group of humans?

How many articles have filled your screens in the last week that emphasized all the reasons you should mistrust, disregard, or fear an entire group of people?

I’m deeply troubled about the volume of educated, intelligent, caring people that are having these conversations and sharing these articles and this is why…

Throughout history the word “ALL has been leveraged to:

  1. Box and dehumanize entire groups of people
  2. Fuel fear, judgment and anger
  3. Shut down critical thinking
  4. Increase distrust
  5. Intensify division

Today it is often being leveraged to convince you that “ALL“:How the word ALL Manipulates

  • ___  Executives are unwilling to receive feedback
  • ___  Frontline employees are unwilling and unable to solve problems
  • ___  Police Officers are unethical
  • ___  Government offices are inefficient
  • ___  Politicians are crooked
  • ___  Home-schooled children are anti-social
  • ___  Poor people are lazy
  • ___  Wealthy people are selfish and greedy
  • ___  Brown men are bad fathers
  • ___  White men are racist
  • ___  Saudi men are unwilling to support the dreams of their wives and daughters
  • ___  Christians are hateful
  • ___  Muslims are terrorists
  • ___  Conservatives are racist
  • ___  Liberals want to destroy your nation
  • __________________________(Fill in the blank.)

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So why do we rage against being thrown into one of those boxes and labeled, and tossed aside?

And then judge ourselves by our intentions while failing to consider the intentions of others?

Instead of just reading history, what if we LEARNED from it?

Propaganda has been used to impact thinking in every corner of the world, through all times.  Chains, paint, nakedness, skin color, smaller eyes, yellow stars, tattoos, head scarves, jewelry, the color of someone’s passport – have all been leveraged to convince people  that “everyone who looks human is not human.”

You don’t have to blindly accept everything and you don’t have to be manipulated by the “Box of ALL”.

Alarms should go off in every cell of your body when you hear that word in a conversation and see that word in print.

When those alarms are triggered:  Listen, research, and think.  Then challenge the narrative and help others see people instead of boxes.

Conversation Safari Workshops are designed to:

Help people challenge the narrative and while helping organizations engage people and grow.

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President, Giana Consulting

Chery Gegelman is an adventurer that loves to learn. ...Deep conversations, books, travel, and daily living are all food for growth.

As a speaker, facilitator and workshop leader she creates energizing environments that reflect God's grace, tear down walls, help people to consider new perspectives, and inspire change.

Chery is the Founder of Giana Consulting and Conversation Safari's, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

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4 thoughts on “5 Ways the word “ALL” is being leveraged to drive your behavior

  1. I LOVE the message of this post! You hit it spot-on…it’s way past time to stop putting people in boxes and categories. I’m hoping your “conversations” in Houston will help make this happen!

  2. Fantastic post Chery! I love your words: “When those alarms are triggered: Listen, research, and think. Then challenge the narrative and help others see people instead of boxes.”

    When we stereotype others we often don’t get to see their strengths and gifts. I see this in organizations and teams frequently. People are characterized a certain way and assumed to act that way even if they behave differently.

    Keep up those conversations because you are a perfect facilitator to help people with different backgrounds and approaches come together!

    Thanks for all your good work Chery!