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International Journal of Social Science and Humanities

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Volume 02, Number 01  (April 2013)
Do Certain Personality Types Have a Particular Communication Style
Author(s) Richard C. Emanuel

This study explores the relationship between personality type and communication style. Personality type and communication style are routinely linked. But is there really a connection between the two? Assessment of one person’s personality type is based on Littauer’s book Personality Plus. Norton’s Communication Style theory serves as the basis for self-reports of communication style. A representative sample of undergraduate students (n=360) at a university in the Southeast were surveyed. Findings indicate that there is no particular combination of communication style subconstructs preferred by any particular personality type. There are, however, some communication style subconstructs that are not preferred by certain personality types. These tendencies may, in some small way, lead to a better understanding of the connections between personality type and communication style.

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