Why do some words have more power than others? And why do we sometimes feel meanings, instead of just thinking them? Here, dr Jeremy Burman reflects on the meaning of “I love you” as a way to wrestle with these questions.
“Special children have special things,” said my mum as she handed me an old-looking book. I had returned to Canada for the summer, after my first year as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Theory and History of Psychology Department, and she had just downsized from her suburban half-acre to a condo in downtown Toronto. Moving house always leads to discovered treasures. This book was certainly one of those.