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04/30/12
Did you ever think? Use of certain words reveals our perceptions.
Filed under: Interviewing, Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 1:19 pm

Did you ever think that cover letters and
interviewing were similar in some ways to
dating?

An interesting piece on Morning Edition repeated
what I have heard in the past about the use of
certain words in conversations. The piece pointed
out that when each of a pair in a conversation
matches each others rate of use of articles,
pronouns, and functional words
, they would
result more in a date.

In studying “power dynamics” in a pair James
Pennebaker has analyzed the language use and
correlated it to the relative social status.  The person
who holds a position of relatively higher status speaks
“I” less frequently.

Pennebaker has shown similar things in writing
samples, too.  He also believes that a person cannot
change him or herself by changing their language. 
He does believe individuals change their language by
changing themselves.

One Response to “Did you ever think? Use of certain words reveals our perceptions.”

  1. site admin Says:


    Amy Cuddy, a short piece in Wired magazine reported
    a study revealing certain postures and poses affects
    hormone levels– of testosterone and cortisol.

    Special poses may be like stretching exercises before
    a race for going into an interview.

    Wired, May 2012, p. 54. http://www.wired.com/magazine/

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