The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James W. Pennebaker

By James W. Pennebaker

We spend our lives speaking. within the final fifty years, we have now zoomed via greatly assorted varieties of communique, from typewriters to pill desktops, textual content messages to tweets. We generate a growing number of phrases with every one passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are impressive insights into who we're, how we predict, and what we feel.

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 so much forgettable phrases, equivalent to pronouns and prepositions, could be the main revealing: their styles are as certain as fingerprints.

Using cutting edge analytic options, Pennebaker X-rays every little thing from Craigslist ads to the Federalist Papers-or your individual writing, in quizzes you could take yourself-to yield unforeseen insights. Who could 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 well reliably presage even if he led his state into battle? you are going to examine why it is undesirable while politicians use "we" rather than "I," what woman Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in universal, and the way Ebenezer Scrooge's syntax tricks at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are one of the figures who make cameo appearances during this sprightly, magnificent travel of what our phrases are saying-whether we suggest them to or not.

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