Language is a system of communication. It not only helps to interact with others but also reveals the variety of aspects of human beings. Language reveals the stressful conditions of a person. Various psychologists revealed that by tracing the use of certain words, the level of stress can be predicted. One could have considered it insane, but it is actually a fact that stressed people speak less, but they use more adverbs and adjectives. The elusiveness of a language reveals the psychological stress. A research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that variations in language may trail the biological implications of stress better than how we deliberately feel.
Stress changes gene expression in body
Certain adversities of life including poverty, social isolation and traumatic circumstances can have negative impacts on health. Researchers are trying to reveal that the people who have experienced these circumstances also endure expansive variations in gene expression due to a transformation of DNA system. Steve Cole, a genomicist at the University of California, claimed that the gene expressions reveal tremendous responses of body. Even the results varied with the answers of the stressed people about their stress level.
A research was done in the USA in which 143 adult volunteers wore switched on audio recorders that captured 22,627 clips. The language they used was analyzed. It was revealed that people with more stressed-out gene expressions talked less and use more adverbs such as ‘incredibly’ or ‘really’. They also used third person pronouns more frequently such as ‘they’ or ‘their’. The former shows emotional intensification while the later shows focus on outside worlds under threat. Thus, people’s use of function words predicted stress-linked gene expression better than their own ratings of their feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety.
Language helps to cure stress
It is claimed that this approach can be utilized to get people out from the perils of evolving stress-related diseases including cardiac diseases, diabetes, and hypertension. Steve Cole suggested that doctors can completely ignore self-reported stress measures and as an alternative, they must listen passively to the way patients speak. Moreover, assessing language usage can help to test whether interventions directed towards reducing stress work in reality. A psychologist, James Pennebaker, of University of Texas wonders this relationship between gene-expression and language as language is a tool to connect with the world. He has founded research on language and social processes. Therefore, it is not wrong to claim that language patterns reveal the body’s hidden responses to stress.