Here’s something I bet you never realised. Apparently, the pronouns you use can reveal your personality.
That’s the amazing claim by James Pennebaker in his fascinating book, The Secret Life of Pronouns.
He points out that pronouns are often invisible to the “naked ear”. They’re hidden in plan view. As with other hidden metaphors, we’re just not programmed to notice them.
But he and his colleagues have discovered that computer analysis of written materials reveals surprising differences in the way people use pronouns (words like I, you, me, we etc).
For example, in any interaction, people lower in the social pecking order will use more “I” words than more dominant individuals.
Want to see where you fit? If you’re on Twitter, you can use his online Analyze Words tool to compute your own personality, and those of your friends and colleagues. (While you’re there, feel free to follow @xraylistening!)