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Revealing Personality Through Language: A Review of Research


In this chapter, the researchers discuss the recent growth in research on how personality is revealed through language use. While natural language has always been integral to the study of personality, it is only in recent years that this research has gained momentum. The chapter provides a conceptual foundation for this research, discussing the psychometric properties of natural word use and summarizing findings on how various personality dimensions and traits are linked to patterns of word use.


The chapter specifically focuses on the Big Five personality dimensions, trait emotionality, and psychopathology-related personality traits, and how they are manifested in the way people use words. With advancements in computing technology and computational linguistics, the field is expected to continue growing in the coming years. This research has important implications for understanding how personality is conveyed through language and for developing new approaches to personality assessment.


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