Why hearing your own voice makes you cringe

There's actually a physical reason why we don't like hearing our own voice

Why Hearing Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

What causes most people to cringe when they hear the sound of their own voice?

A New York Magazine column posted earlier this month explains there are a number of physiological and psychological reasons for the disconnect.

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For all sounds, waves enter the ear canals, making the ear drums vibrate, and eventually the cochlea delivers the message to the brain where it is processed.

However, according to a university professor, another process occurs with one's own voice. Speaking creates a second vibration that travels along that conduit as well, resulting in the interpretation of additional auditory information and a different perception of the sound.

A Washington Post story notes that the body in general is better at carrying low, rich tones than the air is, so without the benefit of those tone-lowering buffers, the voice can sound higher or more tinny.

Psychologically, the reflection of one's voice could also be a reflection of self esteem, as one science writer has argued, or the odd experience of taking an outsider's view of ourselves.