Language Style Matching Predicts Relationship Initiation and Stability

  title={Language Style Matching Predicts Relationship Initiation and Stability},
  author={Molly Ireland and Richard B. Slatcher and Paul W. Eastwick and Lauren E. Scissors and Eli J. Finkel and James W. Pennebaker},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={39 - 44}
Previous relationship research has largely ignored the importance of similarity in how people talk with one another. Using natural language samples, we investigated whether similarity in dyads’ use of function words, called language style matching (LSM), predicts outcomes for romantic relationships. In Study 1, greater LSM in transcripts of 40 speed dates predicted increased likelihood of mutual romantic interest (odds ratio = 3.05). Overall, 33.3% of pairs with LSM above the median mutually… 

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