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The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article on the social psychology of voice. Is your voice more Marge Simpson, Marilyn Monroe, or Justin Bieber — and how, in turn, does that influence how the world perceives you? More importantly, can you control it?

I have always been so intrigued by the nature of our voices. Are they destined from birth, are they products of our upbringing, are they total social constructions — who's to say? All I know for sure is, a voice has the power to unleash all kinds of judgments on the part of the listener: good versus bad, smart versus ditzy, powerful versus weak. No small potatoes, baby.

Read the piece and be sure to check out the fab graphic included, too.


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