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  • Past research has shown that individual's word usage can reveal aspects of who they are and how they behave (Tausczik & Pennebaker, 2010). For instance, couples who use inclusive pronouns such as “we,” as opposed to singular pronouns such as "I" cope better in relationships (Moran, 2018). Further, the use of negative emotion words has been shown to be associated with having unstable and unsatisfied relationships (Slatcher, 2008). For the present study, we were interested in knowing exactly how people who are in a romantic relationship may think differently than those who are not in a romantic relationship. We predicted that individuals who are in a romantic relationship would use more inclusive pronouns and emotive language. Participants (N=130) were asked to answer a few questions regarding their relationship status, duration of relationship, and its intensity. Additionally, participants completed a free write activity where they were prompted to write about their social skills. We used a text analysis program (Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count) to examine the frequency with which certain word categories (e.g., emotive language and inclusive pronouns) appeared in the stories. Results and implications are discussed.
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  • Corvallis, Oregon, USA
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