I have always unconsciously taken on the accents of people I spend time around, while others seem unaffected, and I'm wondering if this is a sign of Se, strong Se or some other function. Maybe it indicates nothing, but I thought I'd throw the question out there.
1. When I was a child, my family was very close with a Chinese American family and I spent a lot of time with the parents. After awhile, my parents said that I started talking in their particular accent. They say it went away a few months after we moved.
2. When I was in 11th grade, I became good friends with a girl from Louisiana and started speaking with a deep southern drawl, which really freaked out a lot of my friends who had known me forever. That one went away probably a year or so after we had become friends.
3. I worked on a cruise ship for 6 months with a mostly Canadian staff. Half way through my contract, my parents drove down to meet me at one of the ports and took me out to lunch. They told me I sounded nothing like myself and sounded like someone from Canada. When I came home, my husband (a long time friend of mine) and I started spending time together and he remarked several times that I sounded like I was Canadian. That one didn't go away fully until around 6 months after the contract ended.
4. I used to have a job which required that I speak on the phone with company CFOs all over the United States and some internationally. The woman I shared an office with told me she noticed my accent adjusted with every phone conversation to that of the person I was speaking with at the time.
I never seem to notice that I am doing this, though it is clear to other people. Does anyone else do this? What does it indicate, if anything, about cognitive functions?