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September 1958

Your Speech Reveals Your Personality

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(3):396. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340090132020

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The author's belief is that speech and personality are one, and he sets out to emphasize the fact that speech not only has the function of communicating information to others but also is capable of revealing the speaker's relationship to himself and others. There is no presentation of experimental studies by the author to substantiate these already rather well-popularized concepts. Instead, the corroborative statements of other writers are cited or everyday examples are given of the association of speech peculiarities and specific personality characteristics. For example, the "self-effacing speaker" is said to have a fear of triumph and also a fear of failure, and his anxiety at being looked at and discovered is associated with typical speech mannerisms. The "expansive speaker" and the stutterer are other examples discussed of the association of customary personality conflicts and typical speech mannerisms.

The author is obviously quite interested in the problem of stuttering;

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