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June 11th, 2009

Female passive language, and appearing correct. [Jun. 11th, 2009|06:35 am]
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I've read that women use more of a passive voice in language. Phrases such as "I think...", "Perhaps...", "Maybe you should...", "I'm not entirely sure but..."

Very reflective and truthful - nothing bad about it. I've been speaking like this for years too - partly because I've always spoken like this, but also to sound less aggressive.

Men are supposed to be in general more direct "You need to...", "We need to...", "Bring that over here...", "I'm sure it's..." and so on.

It's obviously not so clear cut - but spend a couple of days concious of the difference, and see what you find in work.

Passive voices are very tricky to get to come across as "Cocky" - and reading this New-Scientist article, it looks like that's a bad way of gaining peoples confidence.


http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227115.500-humans-prefer-cockiness-to-expertise.html
http://www.reddit.com/r/psychology/comments/8rb92/humans_prefer_cockiness_to_expertise/
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