A genuinely empowered person recognizes the authority that words carry. Caroline Myss invites us to pay attention to the words we use on ourselves and others. She points out that a healing vocabulary is a requirement for healing. When you use a word there are consequences; the impact of a single kind or cruel word can be astonishing and long-lasting. She gives several examples of words that we should be sure to add to our vocabulary and also words to avoid. There are words that empower and words that disempower, and we must choose our words carefully.