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Our Words Reveal the Condition of Our Hearts

In his book The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist James Pennebaker has spent years researching the significance of our words. With a team of grad students, he developed a sophisticated computer program that analyzes what our words say about us. Based on his research, Pennebaker claims that the words we generate over a lifetime are like "fingerprints." Even small words, or what he calls "stealth words"—like pronouns (such as I, you, ...

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