Word for Word: Substituting Dynamics for Disorder

“I have Obsessive-Compulsive Dynamics” sounds and feels a lot better than saying I have a disorder.

A disorder says I lack order, “normalcy,” conformity. Dynamics say I’m interesting, complex, human.

Disorder suggests that lack of order means something is wrong with me. Dynamics communicate knowing my limits and working with them, with myself rather than against myself.

The seeming disorder or chaos of a family is referred to family dynamics. So why not refer to the seeming disorder of the mind (a bundle of riddles still being teased apart) as mental health dynamics?

Change the words and you change the story. Change the story and who knows what will happen next.


Originally published at Better Storytelling.