Why People Say ‘You’ When They Mean ‘Me’


Sometime’s “you” doesn’t mean “you,” a new study find’s.

Instead, in these instance’s, people say “you” to make it easier to talk about a negative experience, accord’ing to the study. In this sense, the word “you” can, somewhat oblique’ly, mean “me.”

For example, people may say, “you win some, you lose some,” when they have just fail’ed at a task, but by us’ing “you” instead of “I,” they communicate that failure can happen to anyone, not just that individual, the study said.

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