Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Does your writing style have the hallmarks of truthfulness?
From Legal (Lady) Writer:
Social psychologist James W. Pennebaker has found that the language a person uses can suggest whether a person is lying or telling the truth. While no person, machine, or program currently in existence (including polygraphs) can detect lies at a rate any better than about 65%, Pennebaker’s studies suggest some hallmarks of truthfulness. According to Pennebaker, in general, people telling the truth use:
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Longer and more complex sentences (including use of exclusive words such as except, but, and without)
More self-references (I-words)
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