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Communicative Congruence and Communicative Dysphoria: A Theory of Communication, Personality, and Identity

Version 1 : Received: 6 August 2021 / Approved: 9 August 2021 / Online: 9 August 2021 (12:41:06 CEST)

How to cite: Welch, B.; Helou, L. Communicative Congruence and Communicative Dysphoria: A Theory of Communication, Personality, and Identity. Preprints 2021, 2021080194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0194.v1). Welch, B.; Helou, L. Communicative Congruence and Communicative Dysphoria: A Theory of Communication, Personality, and Identity. Preprints 2021, 2021080194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0194.v1).

Abstract

Purpose: We present a theoretical framework that formalizes and defines the constructs of communicative congruence and communicative dysphoria that is rooted within a comprehensive and mechanistic theory of personality. Background: Voice therapists have likely encountered a patient who states that a therapeutic target voice “isn’t me.” The ability to accurately convey a person’s sense of self, or identity, through their voice, speech, and communication behaviors seems to have high relevance to both patients and clinicians alike. However, to date, we lack a mechanistic theoretical framework through which to understand and interrogate the phenomenon of congruence between one’s communication behaviors and their sense of self. Results: We review the initial notion of congruence, first proposed by Carl Rogers. We then review several theories on selfhood, identity, and personality. After reviewing these theories, we explain how our proposed constructs fit within our chosen theory, the Cybernetic Big Five Theory of Personality. We then discuss similarities and differences to a similarly named construct, the Vocal Congruence Scale. Next, we review how these constructs may come to bear on an existing theory relevant to voice therapy, the Trans Theoretical Model of Health Behavior Change. Finally, we state testable hypotheses for future exploration, which we hope will establish a foundation for future investigations into communicative congruence. Conclusion: To our knowledge, the present paper is the first to explicitly define communicative congruence and communicative dysphoria. We embed these constructs within a comprehensive and mechanistic theory of personality and, in doing so, hope to provide a rigorous and comprehensive theoretical framework that will allow us to test and better understand these proposed constructs.

Keywords

congruence; voice; speech; communication; identity; personality

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