When We Hear Our Own Voice, We Worry About Identity

Most people, even some artists, say they don’t like their own voice. For some reason, people cannot match the voices in their heads with the voices recorded outside.

Our recorded voice sounds quite different from the voice we hear naturally. Sometimes we perceive our natural voice as two different people in our recording sound.

The technical details are all about vibration:

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We hear ourselves in two different ways when speaking. First of all, our own silence, just like other sounds, hits our eardrum and triggers our hearing. In fact, only what we hear at this stage is our true voice reflected outside. Others can also hear us with this sound.

Simultaneously, the vibration in our vocal cords spreads to our skull. This naturally creates an effect that makes our eardrum vibrate. On top of our natural and real sound that we perceive from the outside, vibrations that come with a physical transmission are added. A different source of vibration also deceives our ears.

While we are listening to our own voice from the recording, since there is no vibration in our vocal cords, only our real voice enters our eardrums directly. Thus, we hear the true version of our own voice.

Hearing your own voice and psychology of identity:

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University of Essex in England psychologist Dr. Silke Paulmann had done a scientific research on the unfamiliarity of our own voice. Quite strange details emerged with the research results published in 2018.

Paulmann says, “Our voice plays a huge role in forming our identity. I guess nobody likes to have different feelings about who they are.” she says. In other words, we experience identity anxiety when our voice is foreign to us.

In another study conducted in 2013, volunteers listened to their own voices along with other people’s voices. Everyone was asked to give an attractiveness score to the sounds they heard. The scientists found that when participants presented their own voice as someone else’s, their scores increased.

We do not have full and conscious control over our voice. Our vocal cords have the highest nerve to muscle fiber ratio in our body. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to control our voice while speaking, and it is a process that requires long-term training or experience. Therefore, according to scientists, if we are not experts in voice control, our own voice causes identity anxiety.

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