According to a study published in Psychological Science, the language you think and make decisions in can influence the decisions you make. The study found that people tend to be more willing to take risks if they are presented with choices in a foreign language than they are in their native language.
The researchers think that the use of a foreign language “provides greater cognitive and emotional distance than a native tongue does”. This is because one’s native language and emotions are inextricably linked, which can lead one to make illogical decisions, while foreign languages don’t usually have such strong emotional connections, so thoughts and decisions tend to be more rational and less influenced by emotions.
I’ve noticed that some expressions, such as terms of endearment and curses, tend to carry less emotional charge for me in languages other than English. I know such words in various languages, but they don’t seem as serious or meaningful to me as the English versions. Do you find this?