Abstract The human voice, recorded or heard on the radio, has been used in research concerned with personality judgments, communication theory, and psychotherapy. As a form of expressive behavior it has, like art productions and handwriting, a relationship to a person's mental and emotional characteristics. The "interpersonal" psychologies hypothesize a dynamic relationship between a person's concept of himself and his acceptance of others. Research by Wolff,7 Huntley,5 and others3 suggests a close bond between the recognition of one's own expressive behavior and the acceptance of a person by himself and by others. The present research reports on exploration of interpersonal relationships using voice recognition as a means of acceptance. The experimental population consisted of 33 boys receiving intensive inpatient psychiatric treatment at the Astor Home for Children. Their ages ranged from 7 to 15. The boys were in good physical health and of normal intelligence. Diagnostically the behavior References 1. Colvin, R. W.: Friendship Selection as a Defense of the Self-Concept. 2. Colvin, R. W.: Friendship Patterns as a Function of Self-Concept and Impulse Control , paper read at Interamerican Society of Psychology, San Juan, Puerto Rico, December, 1956. 3. Eisenberg, P., and Zolowitz: Judgment of Dominance Feeling from Phonograph Records of Voices , J. Appi. Psychol. 22:620-631, 1938.Crossref 4. Finneran, Sister Mary Patricia: Friendship Patterns as a Function of Self-Concept and Dependency, research in progress. 5. Huntley, W.: Judgment of Self Based upon Records of Expressive Behavior , J. Abnorm. & Social Psychol. 35:398-427, 1940. 6. Sapir, E.: Speech as a Personality Trait: Experimental Depth Psychology , Am. J. Sociol. 32:892-905, 1927. 7. Wolff, W.: The Expression of Personality , New York, Harper & Brothers, 1943.
A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry – American Medical Association
Published: May 1, 1959