The Weakest Pronoun

Piers YoungNotesLeave a Comment

James Pennebaker has discovered some astonishing things about pronouns and how we use them.

“Basically, we discovered that in any interaction, the person with the higher status uses I-words less (yes, less) than people who are low in status.”

Strange.

But then for those who don’t believe there is any gender inequality there’s this.

Most people assume that men use I-words and cognitive words more than women and that women use we-words, emotions, and social words more than men. Bad news…. women use I-words and cognitive words at far higher rates than men.>

thanks to Mind Hacks for the link


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