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Psychology States High Pitched Voice in Social Situations Can be Inferiority complex

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  • A new study conducted by the University of Stirling says that if people change their tone according to the social status of people shows inferiority complex
  • Both men and women alter their pitch in response to people they think are dominant and prestigious
  • Individuals who are looked upon by other people talk in a calm and controlled manner without any regard to whom they talk to

UK, July 30, 2017: The way we talk other people has the most impact in Human communication. It makes a particular perception about the people and is the deciding factor for future communications. That is why we include personality development classes for students to deal with the complex yet the daily process of communication.

To make a lasting impact, one need a firm and a calm voice so that the other person feel comfortable and easy talking and that is a crucial factor in communication. For an appropriate response, the message need to be clear and sound to the listener.

A new study taken by the University of Stirling say that if people change their tone according to the social status of people shows inferiority complex in those people. The research conducted by putting volunteers through a simulated job interview task, focusing on their vocal characteristics.

It came out that people responding to those with a higher social status tend to use a higher pitch for communication. Deep and masculine voice sounded dominant and on the other hand the raise in the pitch or high pitched voice usually sounded submissive or inferior. So if someone perceived the interviewer as more dominant, they raise their pitch.

Viktoria Mileva, Research Assitant at Department of Psychology says that. “”These changes in our speech may be conscious or unconscious but voice characteristics appear to be an important way to communicate social status. We found both men and women alter their pitch in response to people they think are dominant and prestigious.”

The research also shows that people who believed that they are dominant try to use methods of manipulation, coercion, and intimidation to acquire social status and usually won’t vary their pitch but try to speak in a lower tone. Individuals who are looked upon by other people talk in a calm and controlled manner without any regard to whom they talk to.

While answering the questions, the individuals lower their tone when answering complex interpersonal questions. Dr Mileva said, “Signals and perceptions of human social status have an effect on virtually every human interaction, ranging from morphological characteristics – such as face shape – to body posture, specific language use, facial expressions, and voices. Understanding what these signals are, and what their effects are, will help us comprehend an essential part of human behavior.”

On this topic, the experts said that the same could be true for other situations where there is a difference between the people in term of social status and that may apply to most of the situations.

– by a staff writer of NewsGram

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Journalists Around The World Faced Intimidation and Prison in 2018: Report

Tuesday, Time magazine selected journalists who have been targeted for doing their work, the “guardians” of truth, as their Person of the Year.

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A man holds a poster showing images of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman (L), dubbed "assassin," and of journalist writer Jamal Khashoggi, dubbed "martyr," during a prayer service for Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey. VOA

A multipronged crackdown on the press continued throughout 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists concludes in a report published Thursday.

Imprisonment, intimidation and allegations that journalists produce “fake news” surged in 2016, when U.S. President Donald Trump won the election, CPJ found.

Trump has been a vocal critic of the press, often chastising journalists as “very dishonest people.”

The number of journalists in jail dipped 8 percent, from 272 in 2017 to 251 this year. But that doesn’t mean the situation has improved, Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, told VOA.

The numbers fluctuate and may not reflect every imprisoned journalist. They also remain markedly higher than just a half decade ago.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Oct. 29, 2018. VOA+

More importantly, targeting a single journalist can have far-reaching repercussions.

“The effects are not only, obviously, [on] the journalists themselves and their families and their colleagues, but we really are talking about the effect on citizens as a whole,” Quintal said.

CPJ’s report highlighted several bright spots.

In Ethiopia, which has experienced dramatic reforms under new leader Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, no journalists are currently known to be imprisoned, for the first time in 14 years.

Improvements in some countries, however, don’t necessarily rub off on others.

“Unfortunately, neighboring Eritrea remains the highest jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa, with 16 journalists in jail as we speak,” Quintal said.

Worldwide, report author Elana Beiser, CPJ’s editorial director, singled out China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia as troublespots, highlighting how wide-ranging efforts to silence journalists have become.

In sub-Saharan Africa, Quintal’s region of focus, Cameroon, where seven journalists are in jail, is a new country of concern. At least four of those journalists faced false news charges in what Quintal called “a huge, huge setback.”

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Jamal Khashoggi on the cover of Times as the ‘Person of they Year”

Overall, more than two dozen journalists have been charged with publishing false news, mainly in Africa.

Accusations and imprisonments can propel self-censorship, with profound effects on citizens’ right to information.

“When you see your colleagues being put in jail, when you see them accused of so-called fake news, when they’re being arrested on false news charges,” Quintal said, “it does, obviously, have a chilling effect.”

Quintal herself was targeted, along with colleague Muthoki Mumo, in Tanzania last month.

Despite having an invitation letter from the Media Council of Tanzania, the two, both former journalists, were detained and interrogated.

Quintal, from South Africa, and Mumo, from Kenya, were kept in custody for five hours.

“We were lucky because we were able to leave Tanzania,” Quintal said, contrasting her experience to journalists in the country who have gone missing or continue to face intimidation.

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. VOA

“The abusive nature of what happened to us showed the world the true nature of what is going on in Tanzania at the moment,” she added.

Quintal and Mumo’s case was unusual. Governments tend to target their own citizens, and journalists imprisoned by their governments make up 98 percent of cases, CPJ concluded. They also found that 13 percent of journalists in jail are women, an 8 percent increase from 2017.

Despite worrying signs, there is room for optimism, Quintal said.

When new leaders come to power, she said, human rights and press freedoms can improve very quickly.

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Quintal pointed to The Gambia as one example, where the new president, Adama Barrow, has created space for journalists to work without fear of reprisal.

Tuesday, Time magazine selected journalists who have been targeted for doing their work, the “guardians” of truth, as their Person of the Year. (VOA)