A few of years ago, I heard about a study of primary school children. The study was centered on trying to discover the number one inhibitor to their creativity and eventually to their performance. I was intrigued as to what these social scientists identified. While there were many ingredients, there was one area that stood out as the number one killer of creativity and it wasn’t the loss of a parent or the family financial status. The number one inhibitor was critical judgment. When words of critical judgment are cast upon another human being, that person begins to suffer a creativity crisis that can lead to an identity crisis.
When a child hears these consistent words and tone of voice or nonverbal looks that say, “We never planned you; you were not wanted; you obviously don’t belong in this family,” they will begin to believe these words. Their life will be scared and their demeanor, the look on their face or life expectations, will take on this spirit of critical judgment like a cloud hovering over them.
Do you want to “kill” your spouse and end up killing your marriage, then regularly speak words of critical judgment like, “I don’t know why I married a loser like you; of course you’re not ready on time, you never are; could you possibly be any more stupid; you are the world’s worst when it comes to directions; why can’t you get a better job?” Or, if you want to begin a release of creativity and affirmation in your mate then try speaking words of blessing like, “You’re amazing; you work so hard; you look beautiful or handsome today; I am thrilled to be married to you; I love your hair that way.” Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18