Analyzing Your Writing

Lois Kelly has an interesting post on her blog about the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count program. You run text through the program and it categorizes the writing style. She compares 3 CEO bloggers. I grabbed text from my site and ran it through.

If I understand the results below correctly, it says I am fairly honest, somewhat outgoing, not very optimistic, have no anxiety, am actively thinking about the topic, and use lots of big words. I am sure my writing about all the problems in healthcare explains the low score on positive emotions, and I intentionally try not to make things too personal.

LIWC dimension

Your data

Personal texts

Formal texts

Social words – outgoing




Negative emotions – anxiety




Big words (> 6 letters) – higher grades which tend to be less emotional





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