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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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I'm one of those people who "hear" a spoken voice in my head when I read words. Apparently it's a very common mental process known as subvocalisation. I mention this because whenever I read posts on CDH I invariably hear them in female voices, which seems quite natural to me. Moreover, I hear different voices for different individuals, like the dialogue in a radio play. I was wondering if this is something other members experience?

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Duchess
(@lucyb112)
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Prominent Member     Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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@jacquelinelarkspur This only happens to me if I’m reading something written by someone I’ve met or heard speak on TV etc. 
When reading replies here, or reading anything in general, I just “hear” my own voice

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(@chrisfp99)
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Honorable Member     London , Kent, United Kingdom
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@jacquelinelarkspur I'm not sure I can be that specific but despite being very aware that we're a bunch of guys, I really do think of you all as girls. And I love that!

Hugs, Chrissie xx. 

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Chrissie, I'm the same! It just seems to me like the right and natural thing to do. After all, each and every one of us do our best to present ourselves as women when we dress. As far as I'm concerned, we're all girls together.

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(@caroline2k)
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Reputable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@jacquelinelarkspur No Jacqueline, you're just weird! 😜

No, seriously - before I offend anyone! 🙂 - I think I do hear a voice... I'm frequently monologuing in a distinct voice which certainly isn't my own; in my head I sound like a less plummy Joanna Lumley or Nigella Lawson. When I open my mouth I sound like Jimmy Nail* 😉

Clarification for those who don't know Jimmy Nail!

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(@chrisfp99)
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@caroline2k ooh surely we all love Joanna and Nigella. Great British institutions! xx

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(@caroline2k)
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@chrisfp99 Yes indeed Chrissie! 🙂

They are both very sensual and sexy and sound rather posh... definitely ideas above my station! Maybe I should try to hear myself as Sue Pollard instead 😁

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(@chrisfp99)
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@caroline2k absolutely! Love a classy English accent xx.

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@chrisfp99 Mind you, if I could look like her, I would be happy to sound like Fran Drescher in "The Nanny"

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Oh, I'm definitely weird!

You raise an interesting point, which I neglected to mention before. When I'm typing a post or a message here, I always hear myself speaking in a female voice. It's my own voice, just softer and slightly higher pitched.

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@caroline2k  Jimmy Nail, I love it 😂

Auf Wiedersehen Pet was one of my favourite ever programs

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(@caroline2k)
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@lucyb112 Funnily enough, at the time I never used to watch it. Maybe it is time to use our BritBox subscription and watch it. I know my partner hasn't seen it either. She might enjoy it as she's 'not from round these parts'. 🙂

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(@lucyb112)
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@caroline2k It’s probably a little dated now, but it made me laugh!

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@jacquelinelarkspur I don’t hear words that I read, but I have constant ear worms!!!

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Me too, Kim! At the moment it's Tainted Love by Soft Cell. It's been going round and round in my head for days!

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(@harriette)
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@jacquelinelarkspur Apparently, 4 out of every five people hear an inner voice when reading.

For me, I have no idea if I do or not. How does one tell?

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Hi Harriette!

I suppose the simple answer is that's either there or it isn't. If it is, you'll be aware of it and will be actively listening to the voice in your head speaking the words you're reading. If ypu dom't hear a voice, you rely more on the sight of the words for your brain to process their meaning.

I know this is a rather simplistic explanation of what's clearly a very complex mental process, but I'm a crossdresser, not a neuropsychologist!

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(@harriette)
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@jacquelinelarkspur I am sinistral (left-handed), if that makes any difference. Handedness affects communication.

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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I didn't know that. Thank you! I'll look it up. I'm right-handed, btw.

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(@bluestbelladonna)
Estimable Member     Singapore, Singapore
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Dear Jacqueline,

What a interesting observation! Especially for crossdressers! I personally do not, only hearing my own voice as I used to have to read out loud as a child. Ive come across a similar mental process where one sees the "aura color" of others.

I'm curious of how you are "hearing" me when reading this. What do I sound like?

Gracefully and glamorously,
The Bluest Bellaodnna

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Hi Belladonna,

Oh gosh! How do I hear you? Well, based on just your profile pic and your opening line, I hear you in a rather sultry west coast American accent with a slight drawl. "Graceful and glamorous" describes it quite well! 

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(@Anonymous 53427)
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hi there Jacqueline,

if i hear a voice on the radio esp on a reg basis w/out knowing what the person looks like eventually my mind creates a head shot.  what you're talking about kinda sounds like the reverse of that.

if verse and reverse were sitting on a fence and verse fell off... lol

anyway... like Belladonna i just hear my own voice if anything

interesting question Jacqueline, thanks 🙂

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(@ab123)
Famed Member     Surrey, United Kingdom
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Voices in our heads??? Do we need to see someone about that??  

I read these posts with my natural 'voice'. If I have listened to the voice or an audio then read the book,articles or letter the voices are played out in my head as I read.

I do the same as Amelia when listening to a voice I try to imagine what they look like.

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(@krisburton)
Reputable Member     Northern, New Jersey, United States of America
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Hmmm... I hadn't really thought about this until now. When I read the various posts from persons i do not know personally here at CDH, I do hear a voice. I do not hear a different voice for each, but it is always a female voice. I have had the pleasure to have met  a number of persons, and i hear their voice when i read their words. 

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(@ryanpaul)
Noble Member     Outer Eastern Suburbs Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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I dont hear any "speech" as such, but my brain is my inbuilt Spotify or Apple Music. There are a million songs in this foggy old brain, some go back to my childhood when my parents were great party throwers and we kids would be "sung to sleep???" as they rocked on to the "wee smalls".

It was never subtle, cos my old man and an uncle would get their banjos out and a good old sing song would ensue.

Since my teenage years I've been a "broken down old rocker", so anything in that genre from the 60's onwards is on my"playlist". with emphasis on guitar instrumentals from band like the Ventures and English group the Shadows. Lead guitar Hank Marvin always was and always wil be my "guitar god"

The opening riff from "Walk Dont Run" is "playing" as I type..

 

Caty.

 

 

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Hi Caty! It sounds like you should be great in pop quizzes! I'm usually quite hopeless at them, my music knowledge is pretty poor. I must confess to never having heard of The Ventures, so I shall be sure to check them out.

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(@secretpassions)
Noble Member     Wisconsin, United States of America
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Not always, but often. Everyone here is a woman to me so everyone gets a feminine voice. If I’m tired, or just feeling lazy then no specific voice. Not to worry you all sound sweet! Smile  

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Hi, Lara! That's an interesting reply, thank you. I "hear" the words I read every time, no matter what. It's always been that way since as far back as I can remember. I once happened to mention it to a friend. It turned out that they don't subvocalise when they read, and found it really difficult to grasp what I was describing as my experience. For my part I can't imagine what it's like to not hear that "inner speech"!

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(@reallylauren)
Noble Member     Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Hi girls,

The voice I hear in my head, when I'm reading, thinking about something, or just meditating, is the voice that has always been there.  I speak in a feminine voice and the voice I hear in my head is my own voice.

Hugs,

Ms. Lauren M

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Hi Lauren!

I haven't done any research on this, but I imagine that people who subvocalise do so because it helps their brain to process the words they're reading. And since you mention meditating, yes, I hear my thoughts in my own voice too. When I'm crossdressing those thoughts are in my female voice.

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(@dovemtn2016)
Estimable Member     Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
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I think of all of you lovely ladies as women. Within me I have this burning desire to be a woman. 

I have been contemplating living as a woman 24/7 post retirement. It excites me, it thrills me to actually be the new me.

All of that said, I'm still trying to get my arms around it.

Love to all,

Christine

 

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Noble Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Hi Christine!

Absolutely how I think, too. We're all girls and women together here.

I hope you achieve your heart's desire.

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