QuickRead presents a summary of "The Secret Life of Pronouns" by James W. Pennebaker:
Discover what our words say about us.
Words are powerful. Every day people use words to inspire, encourage, and motivate others. On the other hand, words have the power to hurt, damage, and scar us when used maliciously. But do you know which words hold the most power? You may think the way people use adjectives and nouns reveals a lot about his or her personality; however, it's the small words that are the most telling. It's the pronouns, prepositions, and articles like I, she, it, the, to, for, but and so on that says the most about our emotional connections and even our social status. Through James W. Pennebaker's groundbreaking research in computational linguistics, we can see how our language carries secrets about our feelings, self-concept, and even our social intelligence. In fact, our use of pronouns and prepositions can be as distinctive as a fingerprint. As you read, you'll learn the difference between I-words and we-words, you'll see how men and women think differently, and lastly, you'll discover how something as simple as "we" can reveal more than you could ever imagine.