We can work it out: age differences in relational pronouns, physiology, and behavior in marital conflict.

@article{Seider2009WeCW,
  title={We can work it out: age differences in relational pronouns, physiology, and behavior in marital conflict.},
  author={Benjamin H Seider and Gilad Hirschberger and Kristin L. Nelson and Robert W Levenson},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 3},
  pages={
          604-13
        }
}
This study examined the relationship that personal pronouns spoken during a marital conversation have with the emotional qualities of those interactions and with marital satisfaction. Middle-aged and older couples (N = 154) engaged in a 15-min conflict conversation during which physiology and emotional behavior were continuously monitored. Verbatim transcripts of the conversations were coded into 2 lexical categories: (a) we-ness (we-words), pronouns that focus on the couple; (b) separateness… CONTINUE READING

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