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A Tiny Pronoun Says
a Lot About You

Wall Street Journal, by Elizabeth Bernstein

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Posted By:pineledger, 10/8/2013 11:16:46 AM

You probably don´t think about how often you say the word "I." You should. Researchers say that your usage of the pronoun says more about you than you may realize. Surprising new research from the University of Texas suggests that people who often say "I" are less powerful and less sure of themselves than those who limit their use of the word. Frequent "I" users subconsciously believe they are subordinate to the person to whom they are talking. Pronouns, in general, tell us a lot about what people are paying attention to, says James W. Pennebaker, chair of the psychology

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Reply 1 - Posted by: tip35c, 10/8/2013 11:23:45 AM     (No. 9555847)

Even Apple couldn´t have made our "iPrez" into a success.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kOok, 10/8/2013 11:30:32 AM     (No. 9555866)

What about people that say "I" and "uh..." a lot, even when looking at a teleprompter?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mark34, 10/8/2013 12:35:24 PM     (No. 9556001)

I have read the article. I don´t believe the results it´s reporting. I don´t believe that people who often say "I" are less powerful. I don´t believe they are less sure of themselves either. I don´t believe they are inferior to those who limit their use of the pronoun "I". I believe people who often use the pronoun "I" are more powerful and sure of themselves than those who don´t.

I have proved my point by referring to myself with the pronoun "I" seven times in the paragraph above to make this powerful and confident argument in support of "I" users.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LouD, 10/8/2013 12:43:43 PM     (No. 9556021)

#3, Obama proves you are wrong. Those who use "I" so often are weak and unsure of themselves, and have to keep attention on themselves. And want to take credit for others´ accomplishments, such as SEALs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 10/8/2013 12:59:28 PM     (No. 9556049)

Take George III for example...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: crimea river, 10/8/2013 2:17:48 PM     (No. 9556167)

I believe George III used ´we´ a lot, as in "We are not amused".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/8/2013 2:29:56 PM     (No. 9556182)

Oh, the one letter word that should be abreviated as F and is actually I...the EGO trip for ME not you...etc.

Yes we know all about the self appointed Emperor who knows no bounds...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/8/2013 2:42:04 PM     (No. 9556210)

I find that people who use "I" are taking responsibility for themselves, and not pretending to talk for everyone else, like the "we" people. Obama is excepted, as he is from any rules of behavior.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXspyder, 10/9/2013 3:19:19 AM     (No. 9556980)

#3 just forgot the /s tag. One does not have to invoke the "I" pronoun if they are confidant in their abilities and performance. It´s called humility. You are known by your actions, not words.

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