Does the voice in your head sound like your actual voice?

@Vvance (280)
United States
March 25, 2012 12:46pm CST
Haha, I know what you're thinking: Is this guy some kind of weirdo? Someone had to ask this question and I thought, why not me? Well, when I say the voice in your head, I mean the voice you use to 'think' with, or read things mentally. It's a very intriguing topic actually. For example, when you read this sentence you 'hear' the sound in your head, if you're like most other people, lol. But it is not a sound wave, as we think of it, is it? To prove this to myself, I've even tried screaming with the voice in my head, and looking around to see if anyone heard it(guess I'm seriously starting to freak you out now *winks*). Hehe, well, I think life is an experiment, and I'm willing to do anything to explore, and hopefully solve, the mysteries we're surrounded by. And then I asked myself: Do all people's 'internal' voices sound like their 'external' ones? Do women have higher pitched internal voices than men? Can people sing better with their internal voices? I hope you weren't too taken aback by this subject and that you don't think I belong to an asylum. Please share your 'thoughts' on the subject.
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@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
25 Mar 12
Hi Vvance, I know exactly what you mean by the voice in your head; it's the unspoken voice that "speaks" the words as you read them. Anyway, that voice for me is monotone and without any emotion what-so-ever. It sounds to me like no one, but since it's my voice-in-the-head, I would have to say it sounds like I would if I were to speak monotone and Vulcan.
@Vvance (280)
• United States
27 Mar 12
Hi jjzone, Haha so you have tried speaking monotone and Vulcan for a comparison then? How about when you sing a song in your head? Does it sound like you or the singer? Thanks for stopping by!
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
27 Mar 12
Oh if I play or sing a song in my head, it is in perfect tune, and it's usually in the voice of the recording artist I most associate it with. Personally I can't sing at all, so I definitely would not want my voice trying to do the song, that would be tantamount to artistic murder!
@Vvance (280)
• United States
27 Mar 12
Nice of you to not want to murder art like that!! Well, it's the same for me. It sounds just like the song, maybe even a CD version of it.
@GreenMoo (11842)
25 Mar 12
I'm sorry to be a disappointment to you, but my inner voice doesn't have a voice as such. I've just had a wee chat with myself, and although there's something resonating around in there I'm not sure it sounds like anyone specific. The exception to this is when I am testing out sentences to myself in a foreign language. But that's my real voice! I have a terrible habit of practicing conversations out loud without realising I'm doing so, particularly when I'm a passenger in a car. I could well be meeting you in that asylum! It would be interesting to hear if someone who has a very strong regional accent 'hears' their accent in their head. And now I'm wondering what language you would 'hear' yourself in if the language you speak day to day is not your native one.
@Vvance (280)
• United States
26 Mar 12
In no way is that ever a disappointment!! It doesn't have to be a voice! In fact, there are many who don't use auditory thoughts. For example, Nikola Tesla, the inventor of Alternating Current, practiced visual thinking. And he was a pure genius! My dad has that habit too, he rehearses his conversations, sometimes even replays past ones, but not in cars, he's too busy swearing at other drivers. Haha, well, yes, you just might be! That would be fun, spending a day or two at the asylum! I've thought about that too, and I would say those people would use the language they're more comfortable with, and have a better vocabulary in.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Mar 12
Just spoke with OH, who speaks English as a second language. He reckons that he thinks in English most of the time, rather than in his native language, as we speak it at home. But when he´s working with those who speak a third language and he gets immersed in it, he thinks in that language instead! If he´s switching back and forth he thinks in English. Interesting huh? It must be fabulous to speak a second or third language so well that you think in it too!
@Vvance (280)
• United States
27 Mar 12
That IS interesting! How cool is that.. switching between languages withing yourself. One second, English. The next, spanish and then soon, French?!! I'd love to do that! And I concur, fabulous is just the word for it!
@kristiane (112)
• Philippines
27 Mar 12
Such a weird topic you have lol! I haven't tried listening to my inner voice but now this topis made me try it. You know what I found out? For me, my mental voice is just the same with my actual voice because my mental voice has been registered on my mind so whenever I try speaking mentally I can imagine my actual voice. So every time I'll feel angry, I will just shout with my mind to prevent hurting anyone lol!
@Vvance (280)
• United States
27 Mar 12
I'll take that as a compliment because you seem to have enjoyed the post !! Hmm... that is what I'd expected. Hope shouting with your mind works for you, and for others around you! Thanks for the comment!!
• India
26 Mar 12
Whenever I read something my internal voice seems to sound like me, but when I sing my voice automatically adapts to the singer voice. This my sound weird though, lol. BTW, this was a genius post, I never thought a thought like this. :o
@Vvance (280)
• United States
26 Mar 12
I do the same thing! Thank you!! I'm glad you found it fascinating.
• Philippines
25 Mar 12
The voice inside my head sounds like Morgan Freeman. Nah, I'm not sure. Even when I'm posting this, the voice keeps on reading every word I type in, that's freaky awesome. Although, what if you don't have a voice in your head? How weird would that be, huh?
@Vvance (280)
• United States
26 Mar 12
To tell you the truth, there are people who don't use voices in their heads. They think in terms of pictures, and some musicians in terms of notes. Like I mentioned in the above comment, Nikola Tesla was a visual kinda guy. And Beethoven was an auditory thinker. You think maybe that's what made them great?
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
25 Mar 12
I paid attention to the way I was reading this discussion so that I could respond accordingly. It's odd but I honestly think that my voice was more of a male voice for your discussion because you are a male, am I right? For me, right now responding, my voice is female. It's sort of an even tone and that is it. It is female, that's for sure, and I guess it has a little bit of a southern inflection as I am from the South of the USA. I even tried screaming in my head, but well my mouth mouthed it as well, and that just made it odd.
@Vvance (280)
• United States
25 Mar 12
Well, yeah, I was a male, last time I checked. Wow, I guess that means that you're an empathetic person!! Good for you! You adapted to the situation and adopted a male voice because you read a male's discussion. I know !! Isn't it weird? Even the thoughts in one's head can have inflections and accents!
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
27 Mar 12
Well that is an interesting subject for discussion. And to the best of my recollection, the voice inside my head does sound enough like me for me to accept that it sounds like me. Or at least a rather good imitation where I am not pacified. Of course, if I had heard a different voice inside my head, other than the one that I was hearing, it might really be something that might weird me out just a little bit. Just a tiny bit and throw me for a loop. Fortunately the voice in my head seems to sync up rather well as to how it seems to sound with the voice coming out of my mouth. I really find myself at ease. Granted I never spared that fact the slightest bit but it would be weird if my voice inside my head sounded nothing like the voice that is coming out of my mouth. At least that is my perspective on the manner. Of course, who knows if there are other voices rattling around there, that might be silent for now.
@eman2000 (68)
• Hong Kong
26 Mar 12
Never thought of it this way, this is totally amazing, the voice in my head actually sounds like my voice, i guess its because am used to hearing my self talking, so my brain knows what i sound like, lol :)
@dazzledlady (1624)
• Philippines
26 Mar 12
Of course no one will hear that your internal voice or shall I say the thinkIng process of a human mind. Unless if you have special ability to read minds. I also think that there is no female or male on the voice we hear. It is like asking if their are coloors to your imagination? You know it Is green , but can you visualize the color in your mind? I think not. :) Because it is abstract. Nice mind tickler!
25 Mar 12
I am going to have to say it does, or at least what I think i sound like. You know how everyone sounds different to themselves because of the sound vibrating and the inner ear thing.. how ever that works. I also fall for the whole trick with a picture of a person and then having something written next to it and when I read it, it sounds like their voice inside of my head. I maybe weird but of well.
@Kojigirl (188)
25 Mar 12
My internal voice doesn't sound like me at all. I know, because I've heard recordings of myself speaking (we never sound like what we think we will) and the voice in my head sounds more intelligent than I do. Or perhaps it's just me trying to make myself sound intelligent to myself so that I won't do something stupid. Not that it works, most of the time. I didn't find this to be a weird question at all, compared with some of the absolute nonsense I've seen posted on here.
• United States
25 Mar 12
I really have no idea. I also tried paying special attention to what I was hearing and I really can't pin down what that voice sounds like. I guess it must sound like me. Weird. And I don't think you're crazy. I have voices in my head telling me things all the time. Not like serial killer schizophrenic things but like... you feel like you really could just eat an entire carton of ice cream but the voices in your head tell you all the reasons that would be a bad idea. A bit of conscience I guess. Or ... a few years ago, I had won a design contest to make a t-shirt for my favorite singer for this big concert thing his band does every year at Christmas. Two weeks before the show I was asked if I was going to the concert thing or if I needed to ship the shirt. Immediately the voices in my head started arguing with each other. "GO!" "You can't afford to go." "GO!! You will regret it if you don't!" "You need to save your money, you can go next year." "Next year you won't have this special gift to present, GO GO GO GO!!!" That sort of thing. So, no, hearing voices is not crazy, as long as you can keep track of the fact that they are in your head and not actual people and expect others to be able to see and hear them too.