The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

James W. Pennebaker


In The mystery lifetime of Pronouns, social psychologist and language professional James W. Pennebaker makes use of his groundbreaking study in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of phrases we use-to convey that our language incorporates secrets and techniques approximately our emotions, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our such a lot forgettable phrases, corresponding to pronouns and prepositions, should be the main revealing: their styles are as specific as fingerprints.

Using cutting edge analytic strategies, Pennebaker X-rays every thing from John McCain's tweets to the Federalist Papers. Who might have expected that the highschool pupil who makes use of too many verbs in her collage admissions essay is probably going to make reduce grades in university? Or international leader's use of pronouns may possibly reliably presage even if he'll lead his state into struggle? you will study what girl Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in universal, and the way Ebenezer Scrooge's syntax tricks at his self-deception and repressed emotion during this sprightly, incredible journey of what our phrases are saying-whether we suggest them to or not.

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