Esther Derby writes
From Jerry Weinberg on his SHAPE forum:
Don Gause taught me the wonderful substitution algorithm:
Whenever you see “should” in a requirement, change it to “probably won't.”
When the new year started, and I had an entire month booked to be in my office. An incredible luxury of time to reflect and write!
Every day I headed for my office and said “I should write today.” And then I didn't.
I replied with this comment:
In a counseling environment, ‘should’ is usually an indicator of what some call ‘toxic shame’ -- an emotion reflecting beliefs about myself that are not true or exaggerated and hateful. “I should be more organized.” “I should have thought about that before.” --> “I'm a slob.” “I'm an idiot.”
Sometimes it's proper shame/humility (“I need to be more responsible with my stuff” “I need to be more careful before I make decisions”), but sometimes it's not.