The Judgments We Make On People's Voices

What's in a voice?

We place an unconscious judgment on people once we hear their voices. Upspeak, vocal fry, accents, languages — they all carry meaning according to the listener's perception. The voice is so powerful, a listener might assume things about a person's height, weight, intellect, and age just based on a voice recording. A person's voice can even cause them to feel unsafe or discriminated against.

In this episode of Soapboxing, we explore the unconscious messages a voice can give off — and why snap judgments can be harmful, even if they're not intentional.


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