People often use in speech pronouns “I” and “mine”, can be mistaken for egoists and narcissists, but in some cases these accusations are not entirely fair. According to experts from the University of Arizona. According to them, frequent use of these words can not speak about the obsession about myself and about stress.
Experts remind that the average person says about 16 thousand words a day, and almost always quite large “percentage” of this is the pronoun “I” and its derivatives. The scientists also noted that the distinction between external “narcissism” and some depressive States is much more subtle than it may seem — this is evidenced by the results of studies carried out earlier.
In the new scientific work, scientists figured out how many times a day certain people resort to the words “I”, “me”, “my” and so on in oral or written speech. To participate in the study were invited 4 700 people, information about mental health which was collected in advance. As it turned out, people mentioning themselves at least a thousand times a day, usually did not have significant mental health problems, while more than two thousand of this kind of pronouns daily was typical for those who have experienced stress or were generally emotionally unstable. Psychologists also note that their trend is almost independent from gender.
Scientists pay attention to the fact that for the compilation of the “psychological portrait” of the person based on them used pronouns, it is necessary to consider what kinds of forms he uses. In particular, the pronoun “I” often talking about the emotional instability of a person, whereas “my” refers not only to him but to the object in question, so to a lesser extent can serve as a signal that the speaker experiences stress.
The study was published in scientific Journal Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
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