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

Pennebaker, J.W. (2011). The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say about Us. New York: Bloomsbury Press. 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.