The link between personality traits and linguistic markers of agency and communion

Pietraszkiewicz, Agnieszka; Formanowicz, Magdalena; Sverker, Sikström (21 June 2019). The link between personality traits and linguistic markers of agency and communion (Unpublished). In: EASP Meeting: Language Challenges in the 21st Century. Warsaw, Poland. 20.06.-22.06.2019.

Agency (achieving goals) and communion (forming meaningful social relationships) are the Big Two of social perception, guiding the way we see ourselves and others. Recently, it has been shown that their importance is reliably reflected in natural language use (Pietraszkiewicz et al., 2018). Here, we investigated relationship between the linguistic manifestations of the Big Two and personality traits (Big Five) of social media users. We analyzed agentic and communal content of Facebook updates written by apr. 40,000 participants and their Five Factor Model psychometric test scores (Costa & McCrae, 1992). We found moderate relationships between linguistic markers of the Big Two and self-evaluated personality traits. When controlling for age and gender, agency captured in language was positively related to self-rated conscientiousness, whereas communion to openness. The study contributes to ongoing debate whether personality traits might be captured in social media and opens new avenues for research investigating social judgements.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Pietraszkiewicz, Agnieszka, Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Agnieszka Pietraszkiewicz

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2020 17:09

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:38


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