Word choice is important!
Choosing specific words can predict whether you’re depressed, suicidal or lying. Even swearing causes a reaction.
Don't want to appear to be lying? Check out this finding:
"An analysis of 242 transcripts revealed that liars produced more words, more sense-based words (e.g., seeing, touching), and used fewer self-oriented but more other-oriented pronouns when lying than when telling the truth. In addition, motivated liars avoided causal terms when lying, whereas unmotivated liars tended to increase their use of negations."
A deeper summary of the analysis shows:
- Small words are better than big ones if you want to sound smart
- Using big words can cause others to think you're dumb
- Words affect decision making
- Words really predict behavior
- Speaking positively shows achievement
- Swear words can make you more persuasive
What words are used in the workplace is also telling. The way employees gossip about a company can predict success or failure. Be concerned if an organization’s employees start calling it “the company” or, worse, “that company” and referring to their co-workers as “they.” Count the number of times a CEO uses the word “I” in an annual letter to shareholders. It's a red flag for failure.
So choose your words carefully today. You want to appear happy and smart, right? And remember, there's no "I" in CEO.