Positive Over Negative the Natural Human Way of Expressing and Reacting

In a study that was carried out based on natural language, it was found that languages consist more on positive implications than the negative ones. Study says words that are positive are much preferred by humans for some reasons that is still to be known.

On Monday, the PNAS journal received a report on the latest result regarding the study that made researchers contemplate. A study was made using what they call “big data” which is actually known as Pollyanna hypothesis. It explains the nature of humans being happiest when they are socializing. It does not exclude any other languages, the results are all the same, and they all come up with positive feelings more likely a happy one.

Pollyanna hypothesis was first used in 1969, it says that humans feel happy and satisfied when they are socially in contact with each other , and the languages that are commonly used to demonstrate positive feelings in general.

Peter Sheridan Dodds of the University of Vermont led the said study. Authors of the study stated their opinion based on their observation that emotions seem to be more meaningful and are acquired without hesitation.

The modelers and linguists explored through Google’s Web Crawl, Twitter, the Google Books Project, the New York Times, movies and televisions subtitles library and lyrics of the song , they came up with a list of about 10,000 most frequently used words in ten languages.

The list of language that were analyzed were English, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Egyptian, Arabic and Chinese.

A test was made to determine if the said hypothesis applies to any of the languages that were included in the list. In a nine point scale, a native speakers of each language were asked to react to certain words that were introduced where 9 words is most positive, 5 the neutral and 1 as negative. The result showed that each language used positive words frequently than the negative words.

“This apparent linguistic encoding of our social nature seems to be universal, “stated authors of the study.

A suggestion was given stating that in the next study, measurements of any kind should be tested on a new language and other groups in a different population. Usage of the words and phrases should also be examined methodically.


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