Pronouns & Personality

September 22, 2011 by edotgdot

Can our word choices say something about our personalities?

 

Indeed, says James W. Pennebaker chairperson of the psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin. Pennebaker’s new book, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us, examines our language choices and what these word choices suggest about our personalities and relationships.

 

Below are some interesting findings from the Pennebaker’s research:

– Deceptive people, use the word “I” less when telling a lie.

– Also,  a powerful person or one of higher status generally uses the pronoun “I” less than a person of lower status who will use “I” more frequently in speech.

– Using more “I’s” and “we’s” can make a speaker seem more relatable.

 

Are your curious to know what your language choices say about you? For a free analysis, visit The Secret Life of Pronouns.

 

Sources: The Globe and Mail


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