It seemed like a simple task. I was asked to record some stories for a woman who is losing her sight. I like reading, I like talking, what could be easier. I thought I would find a cassette recorder (now those who are technologically advanced will see my first problem.) How did I know that the digital recorders were so tiny that my chubby fingers could not operate the delicate dials?
So, I finally got the recorder working and then tried to play it back. All I heard was this screeching voice nagging at my partner - who could that be? Not me? I had no idea of how awful I sounded - in my defence I was trying to explain to him what to do.
I have never liked hearing my recorded voice as I sound like a cross between a patronising kindergarten teacher and a bossy prison guard.
There is that saying about seeing us as others see us but I heard myself as others hear me and it was not pretty!!
I know I can nag a bit well maybe a lot at times but I never knew how horrible I sounded.
It really was a wake up call. I would like to say that I have never nagged my partner again but that would be less than truth.
I try to catch myself and remember how awful I sound. I still hate the sound of my voice but before I start complaining/nagging I try to remember how really awful I sound.
Do you ever see/hear how others see or hear you? Are you ever surprised?
Has it changed your behaviour?
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