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ERIC Number: ED313748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 5
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The Language of Achievement.
Horgan, Dianne D.
Language is both a reflection of the status quo and a factor in perpetuating the status quo. People use language to encode their own experiences; memories are the encoded versions of reality. People learn how to characterize their experience by seeing how others characterize their own and others' experiences. When asked to talk about successful men and women, different words are typically used to describe the behaviors associated with men's versus women's success (such as, men are "ambitious," women are "power hungry"). Besides the different emotional reactions to different words and phrases, part of the process of encoding experiences involves expressing attributions of motives and abilities. Looking at how people talk about achievement gives others a window into their motivational systems. Individuals use language as it has been modeled to them to encode their experiences and then those encodings become reality. Language that reflects the status quo then influences how they think and behave. By listening closely to examples of the language women and girls use to describe their achievements, a better understanding of the relationship between language, thought, and achievement behavior can be gained. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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