Power and Pronouns

Have you heard that the frequent use of ‘I’ indicates narcissism?  It’s a common misconception rebuffed in recent studies conducted at the University of Texas at Austin by James W. Pennebaker.  Pennebaker found through behavioral experiments and Twitter analysis that the use of ‘I’ can denote duplicity and a sense of inferiority.  Those who used ‘we’ more often in the experiments tended to have the power in the relationships.

>> What Saying ‘I’ Says About You <<


– Sandra

Tough Competition

Have you ever wondered what truly drives competition and performance? As someone who is innately competitive and is constantly surrounded by competitive people, I can attest to the fact that there are various types of competitiveness. While some people are driven by the need to prove themselves,and want to come out the winner, other people use their peers as more of a measuring stick. In this case, competition becomes less about winning and more about matching up. Either way I think this article proves how many factors are involved in how someone perceives competition. From pre-existing stereotypes to the way a task is phrased, each little factor can determine how well a person fares in a competitive environment. 

>> Can Tough Competition Hinder Academic Performance? <<