Question: Why does the voice in your head sound different to the voice everybody else hears?
Supposition: Because the voice in your head isn’t yours…
Everybody has heard their voice recorded. Never have I heard the comment “that sounds just like me”. I talk aloud to myself all the time but that voice is different from the voice in my head when I talk to myself silently. So which of my voices is the real one.
The voice in my head: As I type these words I am saying them in my thoughts. In my head. I can ‘hear’ the words I write because my brain is ‘saying’ them.
Aloud alone: As I type these words again I am saying them aloud. I can speak these words because I am talking with a voice. But this voice is different to the one that simply thought the same words early.
I’ll record my voice… : As I listen to the words I have recorded (the sentence above), the voice is neither the one in my thoughts or the one I had just heard talking aloud. The recording could easily be someone else.
Question: How do I know which voice is mine?
Answer: Answer, they all are and yet none of them are.
Where does this leave me? The man with three voices. How can I know who I am when I don’t know what I sound like. Do I speak with a trinity of voices? The words are usually the same, but words can take on different meanings depending on the voice that says them. I know, or at least I did when I started typing, that I do not suffer from multiple personality disorder. But the more I think about this subject the more I am questioning myself and everyone else in the world. If I’m wondering where the voices come from then surely someone else has.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?“
What is my voice when it’s being observed? It is ultimately my voice to the world. But that world can’t see me as I see myself because I know from recordings that my voice sounds different.
If I know that the voice in my head isn’t the voice others hear or indeed the voice I hear on recordings then how can I know it’s my voice? Am I really in control of my thoughts or am I hearing someone else when there is no speaking voice involved.
I can’t help but think this is a Doctor Who episode. Could life ever get as strange as that? Will I one day realise that there are more versions of me trying to talk and if there is, should I let them? And who would hear?
Should I let them? Who would stop them?