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About James W. Pennebaker
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the years, he and his students have studied three general topics: the psychology of physical symptoms, the power of expressive writing in helping people cope with upheavals, and, most recently, how the words people use in everyday life reveal their personality and psychological states.
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Vivid stories and examples yield compelling insights into secrets, self-disclosure, and the hidden price of silence. The third edition incorporates findings from hundreds of recent studies and includes practical exercises to help you try expressive writing for yourself. It features extensive new information on specific health benefits, as well as when the approach may not be helpful.
We spend our lives communicating. In the last fifty years, we've zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel.
In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of words we use-to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints.
Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers-or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself-to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader's use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You'll learn why it's bad when politicians use "we" instead of "I," what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge's syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying-whether we mean them to or not.
La scrittura espressiva è una tecnica che prevede di dedicare parte del tempo a scrivere sulle esperienze traumatiche personali; ciò significa comprendere e gestire i disordini emotivi della vita.
Il potere della scrittura, testo lucido e appassionato, svela il percorso per avvicinarsi a questo esercizio di auto-aiuto semplicissimo ma potente e dimostra come migliori la salute fisica e mentale.
I due autori, docenti universitari e luminari del settore, spiegano che impiegare alcuni minuti al giorno alla scrittura delle proprie esperienze porti all’alleggerimento delle tensioni emotive, alla guarigione di vecchie ferite, al benessere psico-fisico, alla diminuzione dello stress, al miglioramento delle relazioni e al rafforzamento del sistema immunitario.
Il testo è rivolto essenzialmente a due tipologie di lettori: la prima comprende coloro che si trovano ad affrontare una situazione personale difficile e cercano diversi modi per superare il brutto periodo; nella seconda invece rientrano quei lettori incuriositi dalla scrittura espressiva e del suo funzionamento.