2.1 Public and Private Language

Understanding language and cognition is key to understanding human behavior. Most of us use language, either publicly (such as talking) or privately (such as thinking) constantly. We are continually describing, categorizing, relating, evaluating, talking about, writing about, reading about, and thinking about everything around us.

Two business people collaboratively working at a table with laptops.

Man says, “Let me explain to you what an emoji is…”

Woman thinks, “Keep mansplaining and I will end you.”

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