Personality Traits in Bilinguals

  • Mónica Rosselli
  • Idaly Vélez-Uribe
  • Alfredo Ardila
Part of the The Bilingual Mind and Brain Book Series book series (BMBBS)


This chapter reviews the research on the personality characteristics associated with speaking two languages. It has been found that bilinguals frequently report feeling like a different person when speaking the first language (L1) compared to the second language (L2). Previous studies have found differences in the Big Five Inventory (BFI) dimensions (extraversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness) of Spanish–English bilinguals. The chapter further presents a new study in which Spanish–English bilinguals answered the BFI in both languages. Results showed the language effect on all personality dimensions.


Personality The Big Five Inventory Emotions Personality Bilingualism Spanish/English Personality Dissociation Biculturalism Emotions Openness Extraversion Agreeableness Neuroticism Conscientiousness 



Our gratitude to Deven Christopher for her editorial support and valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mónica Rosselli
    • 1
  • Idaly Vélez-Uribe
    • 2
  • Alfredo Ardila
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityDavieUSA
  2. 2.Florida Atlantic UniversityDavieUSA
  3. 3.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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