Voice and Personality
What face or personality is your voice projecting? Does it differ from how you view yourself and who you aspire to be?
What does it communicate about your social status or competence? Is your voice annoying, grating, harsh, impatient, childish, boring, overly loud or aggressive? Do you sound creaky, shrill, monotone, nasal, whiny, or too masculine or feminine?
Psychologists have shown that there is a correlation between nonverbal characteristics of speaking and personality traits as perceived by listeners.
In fact, research has shown that we interpret far more from the way people speak than from the actual words they say. At the same time we're decoding the meaning of what is being said our minds are analyzing and judging qualities of voice that have nothing to do with words. Studies have shown that when people listen to ‘content-free’ speech (spoken nonsense words), they still perceive the same impressions of the speaker and the same emotional content even in the absence of meaningful language.
The ever increasing use of voice in technology is prompting research to develop systems that can 'translate' automatically the personality of a speaker from their perceived physical vocal characteristics. This data is applied towards creating synthetic voices which can be modified to elicit specific desired personality perceptions.
Some common voice types and the character
traits they evoke in the average listener are...
- A nasal voice quality can give the impression that you are a whiner and complainer, bored or disinterested. It can also give the impression that you are lazy or unprofessional.
- A voice that is too high pitched can make you sound younger than your age, childlike, unprofessional and will fail to inspire confidence in the person to whom you are speaking. They may assume you are inexperienced or incompetent.
- A voice that is harsh may lead people to believe that you are rough or unrefined, impatient, or worse, hostile and severe.
Anything that distracts a listener from processing your message can cause distortion and misunderstanding.
Problems of the voice are not just unpleasant to listen to, they actually have a negative effect on successful communication and can cause interference.
Processing fluency is the ease with which your message is being received or processed. Perceived vocal characteristics can effect the processing fluency of your message. High processing fluency indicates that a person's interaction with the environment goes smoothly, while low processing fluency indicates the need for increased effort on the part of the listener to process and receive the message.
High processing fluency is aligned with familiarity and positive affect judgments of preference, familiarity, and truth. Perceived 'disfluent' vocal characteristics can lower your processing fluency, distort your message and create negative judgements of truth, preference, and aesthetics. Research on processing fluency has been applied to marketing, sales and to finance.
Our voice has a crucial effect on the success or failure of our daily interactions.
Just as we want to know and be in control of the impression our physical self is making on the opposite sex, on our social group, on our boss, we also need to attend to the impression our AudibleSelf is making.
Unfortunately, it’s biologically impossible to hear the sound of our own voice. We can’t look in a mirror or step on the scale for feedback. And we can’t rely on friends because often they’ve slipped into the same vocal patterns that we have.
AudibleSelf will act as your Vocal Mirror. A certified professional will analyze the perceptual characteristics of your voice and then tell you the psychological impression your voice is making based on the latest voice and personality data and our unique intuitive approach.