Gena Kaufman, Glamour magazine
Do you like to eavesdrop on couples in restaurants who are clearly on first dates? I totally do! (And now, I can justify it as research. Thanks Glamour!) Here's an interesting way that listening to a conversation can actually predict whether the couple will be a good one….
When I saw a recent article on NPR claiming that the secret to dating success was in the pronouns, both the love writer and the word lover in me perked right up. Psychologist James Pennebaker closely examines the words people use, and by recording and transcribing conversations, he can actually predict dating results better than the dates themselves.
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The secret, he says, is not in the substantial part of the conversation but in "function words" which are essentially filler words like the, this, though, I, and, an, there and that. Specifically when people use pronouns, prepositions, and articles in similar ways, they were much more likely to