Strength of Learning

Can your personality actually shift if you can alter your language?  What is meant by this is if you are fluent in other languages when changing from one to the other do traits that define you differ.  I was reading an article that said that this was the case.  The case study in my mind did not show enough research.  So lets think about this I at one time or another was very well versed in 4 languages so would that mean that if I alternated from one to another would I seem to have multiple personalities.

I admit that the way that I learned these languages differed from one to another, with that in mind self taught your personality would be unsure of what other’s thougth which seems plausible.  Then what happens if you were taught by someone who was born speaking the language someone bi-lingual.  They would have confidence in what was being said and this would translate to your speaking it.  I do not believe that your personality is defined enough to shift based off of what language you speak but it is strong enough to show how you learned to speak and become fluent.  But hey that is just me

  1. #1 by Chadwick on April 21, 2009 - 8:19 AM

    It’s actually kind of an interesting question, ’cause I’ve seen the studies on how learning different languages when you’re young causes your brain to create connections differently.

  2. #2 by Joshua on April 21, 2009 - 9:11 AM

    Da. Indeed. I learned that by thinking in Spanish (and now in German) I was learning word (and therefore, concept) associations that essentially differed from those I learned in English. Also, I have a book on my shelf called “Language and Reality” that makes the case that our language influences not only the way we see the world but also the different ways we project ourselves to the world. So in those regards, I’d say the concept is probably pretty solid.

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