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Insights into Suicidal Language: Analyzing Marilyn Monroe


Researchers used the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) method to examine Marilyn Monroe's Fragments, a collection of her writings, to explore changes in her language use over time. The results showed a decrease in the use of negative emotion words and long words, as well as an increase in the proportion of personal pronouns used as she approached the time of her death. The consistently elevated usage of first-person personal singular pronouns and diminished usage of first-person personal plural pronouns align with previous studies linking this pattern to a low level of social integration, which is related to suicide according to different theories. The findings provide insights into the linguistic features of suicidal texts and suggest potential applications for suicide prevention.


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