“Nominalization” a big word, but can be handy at times.
One definition of nominalization is;
“Nominalizations are the noun forms of action verbs”
Sounds easy and perfect for this little experiment. Have you ever heard a motivational speaker say something like; “Just repeat after me; “I am happy”, “I am blessed”, “I am intelligent”, and on and on it goes. Often when hearing such, I can get a bit of a queasy stomach over all that gooey positive self talk.
So I began an internal-talk experiment. When I began the experiment I had no idea what the grammatical term for the type of word I was using, though I felt using such a word got right to the point.
And what point is that? Well when I say to myself; “I am happy”, I may be anything but happy!
But when I made the following simple grammatical swap I found my internal dialog and feelings took a positive leap; Simply replace such words as “Happy” with the nominalized action-noun of “Happiness”; “I AM Happiness”. Exchange “Blessed” with “I AM Blessedness” (or “Blessing”). “Intelligent” with “I AM Intelligence”.
What I found within myself was this simple grammatical change took the focus off me and focused on possibility. Possibility as in; “I AM Blessedness. As I go through this day, those I come in contact with will be blessed by my presence. And in this, I too am blessed”. Often times I sense a smile on my face realizing I’ve been walking around playing the game and simply Being those “Nominalizations” I’ve been rambling to myself…we are after all HumanBeings!
Suffixes that can transform verbs into nouns are: -tion, -sion, -ment, -ence, and -ance: . Go ahead, pick some positive, life-giving verbs and add-on the suffix of your choice and have some fun.
Who knows but someday on a street you get a good vibe and good cheer out of nowhere…It might be someone else playing the game that just walked by.
: ) Thom