Research Article

Study on the Relationship between Self-Control and CET-4 from the Perspective of Positive Psychology


  • Mao Jiamin Postgraduate student, School of Foreign Languages, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China


In recent years, the perspective of positive psychology has been highlighted in the new trend of second language acquisition research. Self-control is one of the important variables that affect the success of second language acquisition by foreign language learners. Guided by June P. Tangney's theory of self-control, this study explores the relationship between self-control and CET-4 scores of 189 Chinese non-English majors. Its main contents include investigating the level of students' current self-control abilities; whether there are individual differences and gender differences; whether there is an imbalance in the five self-control dimensions; whether there is a correlation between students' self-control abilities and CET-4 test scores. The results show that: 1) Students' self-control abilities are at the middle and slightly higher level, and there are great individual differences; In addition, reliability shows the highest score, but work Ethic is the lowest. 2) Students' self-control, self-discipline, deliberate/non-impulsive action, health habits and work ethic are significantly and positively correlated with their CET-4 scores. 3)There is no significant gender difference between self-control and CET-4. This experiment proves that there is a correlated relationship between self-control and CET-4. Students may better understand their own self-control abilities, which can help them apply useful strategies to improve foreign language learning performance, thereby increasing the effectiveness of second language acquisition.

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

Volume (Issue)

6 (8)





How to Cite

Jiamin, M. (2023). Study on the Relationship between Self-Control and CET-4 from the Perspective of Positive Psychology. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 6(8), 25–36.



Positive Psychology, Self-Control, Self-Discipline, CET-4, Second Language Acquisition