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    James W. Pennebaker is the chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Writing to Heal and Opening Up: The Healing Power of ExpressingEmotions, which has been translated into a dozen languages. You can analyze your own language at his website, www.secretlifeofpronouns.com.
    In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of words we use-to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints.

    Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from John McCain's tweets to the Federalist Papers. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader's use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he will lead his country into war? You'll learn what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge's syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying-whether we mean them to or not.

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    ISBN 9781608194964
    Genre LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
    Format Paperback
    Pages 352
    Publisher Date 2013-01-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.82 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle What Our Words Say About Us
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Pennebaker, James W.
    Country of Origin United States

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