Tone of voice is one of the most influential elements of communication. There are factors in the sound of your voice that give meaning (conscious and unconscious) to what you say. Here are some of these factors: timbre, volume, speed, clarity, projection, and so on.Several people may utter the same sentence, and their different tones of voice will convey different psychological information. It shows you how all our words have both verbal and nonverbal meanings. The nonverbal part is harder to control, so it is also more authentic.
You can learn a lot about someone by studying their tone of voice. Even if a person speaks a language that you don’t know, you can understand what they are feeling and thinking just by listening to them speak.
Here are some ideas on how to interpret what someone’s tone is telling you.
Tone of voice and perception
The laboratory of instrumental communication analysis at the Autonomous University of Barcelona conducted a study of voice tone and perception. They had some interesting results, for example:
A deep tone of voice implies maturity and inspires confidence in other people. This is mainly used in advertising.
If someone’s tone of voice is very deep, it really conveys a dark feeling.
The firm, confident intonation of the voice makes you think that the speaker is outstanding and important.
Talking in a low voice makes you think that the person has serious weaknesses or awkwardness.
People who have a really high tone of voice do not inspire much confidence.
The voice is such a personal detail that it is now used to verify identity and give people access to their technology. This is also true as evidence in court. This is just as (and perhaps even more) reliable than fingerprints.
Another interesting fact
Psychologists have attempted to identify the hidden meanings behind the different tones of the voice. Now we have a huge catalog of interpretations for these little details that go unnoticed by most of us. Let’s look at some of them.
The way someone breathes during a conversation gives an idea of the pace at which they live.
Quiet breathing: balanced in the conversation.
Deep and stable: energy and activity.
Deep, stable, and strong: restrained anger.
Surface: lack of practicality.
Short and fast: worry, anxiety, despair.
Voice volume usually determines how someone interacts with themselves and others.
Normal volume: self-control and listening skills.
High: weakness, selfishness, and impatience.
Low: inexperience and inhibition.
Diction or vocalization
Diction is related to the ability to be understood and to his desire to be understood.
Clear diction: clarity of mind, openness to communication.
Inaccurate: deception or confusion.
Very clear: narcissism, tension.
Halting: aggression, inhibition.
The speed of the conversation indicates the emotional state of the person.
Slow: lack of interest, disconnection from the world.
Fast: the tension, the desire to conceal information.
Regularly: restraint, unnatural.
Irregular: confusion, anxiety, communication problems.
Tone of voice and attitude
The tone of the voice is like a stamp. Even if the person they are talking to is not an expert in this area, they are unknowingly receiving messages from the other person’s tone. And these messages will shape the image of this person.
The tone of the voice also conveys the type of relationship a person wants to have with someone else. Therefore, if the tone is cold and sharp, it means that he wants to set some distance. And if the voice is warm and pleasant, it means he wants to get closer.
It is also important to note that a person’s tone of voice is not always the same. But there are still some things that are always there. These are sequential patterns that will give you a clue to someone’s personality or mood.
A good way to practice self — knowledge is to record yourself in various scenarios and then listen to these hidden tones in your voice. Tone of voice is a great tool for communication and relationship formation. And that is why this tool is worth learning how to use.