Barry Schwartz has written an interesting article in Scientific American Mind with the title When words decide. Two summarizing sentences are used in the article which seem very solution-focused:
- "The phrasing of questions or choices can have profound, and often counterintuitive, effect on the way people make decisions"
- "Research on the effects of language on choice suggests that people do not always strictly possess preferences and values but rather construct them when they are asked a question or give a choice"
This may explain why using constructive, and positive language in the way it is done in solution-focused conversations, may help people choose constructive and positive attitudes and goals.