Exercises

The Secret Life of Pronouns

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a book by James W. Pennebaker

Exercises

Try these exercises and see what they reveal about you.

  • Perceptual style: You are what you see

    Look at an everyday object and write about it for only 5 minutes. See what it reveals about yourself.

  • A projective test: The TAT

    This is a classic test where you will first see a picture or drawing. You will then have 10 minutes to write a story that describes what is happening to the people in the picture. After writing, you will get feedback about your personality.

  • Time for your I-test

    Have you checked your I′s lately? This 2-minute test will reveal how well you understand how I-words are used in everyday language.

  • The LIFE Survey

    What do your daily behaviors reveal about your personality? Check out this questionnaire to find out. The entire questionnaire takes about 8 minutes and provides feedback about your behavioral type.

  • Language style matching: How in synch are you?

    Compare emails, poems, or writing samples that you and someone else have written. Your feedback will tell you how much the two of you match in your language usage.

  • Language style matching: How in synch are you? (Spanish version)

    Compare emails, poems, or writing samples that you and someone else have written. Your feedback will tell you how much the two of you match in your language usage.

  • AnalyzeWords

    Twitter and personality. Enter a Twitter handle and get a rough indicator of the author′s personality.