Do you frequently use words like ‘I, ‘Me’ and ‘Myself’ when talking? If you do, a new research says you are very likely to suffer with depression and anxiety…
Before I came across this research, I have always avoided and have not been comfortable with the frequent use of words like ‘I’ and ‘Me’ as I think it makes me sound more self centered.
But it seems it is not all about not sounding self-centered, there is a health issue associated with people who are buried in frequent use of such words.
Scientists at the University of Kassel, Germany, who carried out the research found that the people who use first-person singular pronouns the most are more likely to be depressed than those who tend to use plural pronouns, such as ‘we’.
The researchers, led by Dr Johannes Zimmerman, interviewed 15 men and 103 women, most of whom were being treated for conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder.
The research also found that people who say ‘me’ and ‘I’ ‘tend to have more difficulties with interpersonal behaviour such as interacting in a group of people. For example, these people were more likely to attention-seek and to be unable to spend time alone.
By contrast, those who use words like ‘we’ a lot were better at maintaining appropriate social boundaries in their relationships while still having a healthy social life.