Lost Performative - a statement, with a rule or judgement, without anyone taking responsibility.  It can include an implication of an idea instead of a direct statement such as “Breathing is good.”

Lost Performative Examples

  • "This school can’t perform like it used to."
  • "Nothing works like it should."
  • "This is the best party to align with."
  • "They just don’t get it."

Practical Usage of Lost Performatives

  • “It’s not important how quickly you relax” – contains the presupposition that 'you will relax', and it doesn’t mention who it isn’t important to.
  • “It’s good that you can concentrate on my voice” – contains the presupposition that 'you will listen', and it doesn’t mention who it’s good for.
  • Challenge a client's Lost Performative by asking: "Says Who?"
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