What Your Voice Says About You

Do you command attention? Are you quick to get into a fight? Did you engage in sex at an early age? While these questions may seem inquisitive, various studies suggest that these queries, among others, can be answered simply by the sound of your voice.

Sex life. In a study conducted at the University of Albany, people with voices that were considered "attractive" were also thought to be more sexually attractive. Strangely enough, subjects who were thought to have the most attractive sounding voices also had sex at an earlier age, were more likely to be unfaithful, and had more sexual partners than those who were rated lower.

Toughness. There may be some credence to the fact that some guys just sound tough. In one study, various groups of men were measured for size and strength and asked, in their lifetime, how many fights they had been involved in. Then, researchers asked students to rate the voices based on physical strength, height, weight, and how tough he would be in a physical fight.

The results found that the higher the voice was rated in terms of perceived toughness, the more fights the man behind the voice sample had been involved in.

Introvert vs Extrovert. Your voice not only transmits information as to your age and gender, but a study conducted by Stanford University found that your voice says a lot about your personality. Study participants were accurately able to identify voices that described themselves as being either introverted or extroverted. The speedier and louder the person spoke, the more extroverted they were in their personal lives.

Although it doesn't say it all, your voice can transmit a lot about the person you are. You may not be able to change the pitch of your voice; but if you can keep a mind to the tone, speed, and volume at which you speak you can exude confidence, professionalism, and approachability all at the same time.