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A Piece of My Mind
May 20, 2009

My Father's Voice

JAMA. 2009;301(19):1968-1969. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.601

The words and actions of our parents can have a powerful and long-lasting influence on us. Sometimes we are conscious of those influences, sometimes we are not. For example, occasionally I hear strange expressions come out of my mouth or watch as I perform some quirky behavior, but then realize that I am doing so because of the early influence of my parents. (How many of us have said, “I’m turning into my father”?) I refer to this phenomenon as my father's voice (although sometimes it also sounds like my mother).

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