Friday, July 13, 2007
Tone-of-Voice and Voice Inflection Clues
at 11:42 AM
When you answer the phone, and you don't know who it is, you say "Hello?" as a question.
When you greet a neighbor, for instance, you would say it as a subtle statement or greeting. Hello.
Yet there are other times when you say the word when someone does something silly, or ridiculous, perhaps without thought. You might say in your mind, "What were you thinking??! And then verbalize: Helll-lo! It's a much stronger statement in this scenario. The inflection of the voice here is most notably different compared to the other two uses.
Yet all three are distinctly different. Try saying them and listening to yourself as you say them:
Hello? Hello. Hello!
It is precisely these distinctions that can clue me into people who are deceptive. When someone isn't confident about something they are saying, or they are making their story up as they speak, some people will attempt to make a statement, but they will say it, unintentionally, as a question, if only through inflection and tone of voice. It's rather interesting. It's subtle; unless you focus, you may not catch it. I think many people miss these clues.
The worst offenders in this situation will often hesitate in their thinking, and their hesitation causes them to reaffirm what they just said by saying directly afterward, "Yeah, that's right", even though no one asked them for affirmation. It's quite fascinating and telling at the same time.
Well, that's all. Just crazy knowledge from deep within my brain that I am now becoming hyper-sensitive to. Who knew?