An investigation of the relationship between selected personality variables and subordination in speech



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This investigation was designed to find if there were any significant relationships between the kind and amount of subordination in the extemporaneous speech of adults and selected aspects of their personalities. In order to look for these possible relationships, 200 samples of 50 adult subjects speech were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for subordinate structures. The structures were divided into 6 behavioral categories. Then each subject took a standardized personality test which, when scored and profiled, gave each subject"s relative strength in 18 aspects of personality. From these measures of subordination in speech and personality variables, 126 computer-calculated Pearson product-moment coefficients of correlation were made. Nine relationships proved significant at the .05 level two, at the .01 level of confidence. Four categories of subordination correlated significantly with one or more aspects of personality. Subordinations that designate which person or thing correlated negatively with dominance, capacity for status, responsibility, tolerance, and achievement via conformance, end positively with flexibility. This category shows the most promise as a useful predictor of personality variables.