Robert Schrauf, an associate professor of applied linguistics and an anthropologist at Penn State, says that the working vocabulary of the average
human consists of words with negative connotation. A study was conducted by Schrauf in Chicago and Mexico City. The study also implies a consistency
between the young and old.
In both cities, two sets of participants, one in their 20s and the other in their 60s, were asked to jot down as many words as they could in two
minutes that express emotion. Then they were asked whether each word was positive, negative or neutral.
"I found this surprising result," Schrauf says. "Half of all the words that people produce from their working vocabulary to express emotion are
negative. And 30 percent are positive and 20 percent are neutral."
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This is an interesting study. This could provide insight to the motivations of the majority of our population. I think the centralization of
negativity is misleading however because, in my experience, negative thoughts evolve regarding the absence of something positive as well. That would
give you a disproportionate interpretation of the data. It could also be a window into how current events affect the human mentality. People really
aren't very happy. A very interesting study, to say the least.
It could well be that you can express more positive things quickly with a smile and the praise could be optional. While most people would voice up if
they were disagreeing with a situation, a frown wouldnt really change things.
How is it not science? Your explanation of the phenomenon is an explanation, the study itself, on the face of it, seems rather scientific. Something
or another needs to explain the results of the 'test'.
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