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Changing language, changing personality: Swedish bilinguals on the effects of speaking English
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Language influences not only the world-view but also the self-perceived personality of its users. One explanation for this is that the language used functions as a cue activating different sets of cultural frames within its users – a phenomenon known as Cultural Frame Shifting (CFS). Limited previous research on language and personality warrants exploring this topic further. The current study employed a qualitative design and semi-structured interviews to explore the views and experiences of 12 Swedish-English bilinguals. Results showed self-perceived changes in personality and extraversion, but also the sentiment of emotions being easier to express in English than in Swedish. Possible practical applications could include therapeutic work and treatment of social anxiety and public speaking anxiety.

Abstract [sv]

Språk påverkar inte bara världsbilden utan också den självupplevda personligheten hos dess användare. En förklaring till detta är att det språk som används fungerar som en signal som aktiverar olika uppsättningar av kulturella ramverk – ett fenomen känt som Cultural Frame Shifting (CFS). Begränsad tidigare forskning om språk och personlighet gör att detta ämne bör utforskas vidare. För den aktuella studien användes en kvalitativ design och halvstrukturerade intervjuer för att utforska resonemangen och upplevelserna hos 12 svensk-engelska tvåspråkiga individer. Resultaten visade på självupplevda förändringar i personlighet och extraversion, men också upplevelsen att känslor är lättare att uttrycka på engelska än på svenska. Potentiella praktiska tillämpningar skulle kunna inkludera terapeutiskt arbete och behandling av social fobi och talängslan.   

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2017. , p. 18
Keyword [en]
language, personality, extraversion, cultural frame shifting
Keyword [sv]
språk, personlighet, extraversion, cultural frame shifting
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144295DiVA: diva2:1178758
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Examensarbete i psykologi
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