Tempoic Imprint: The Fingerprint of Speech

Every individual speaks at a different pace. The pace of the individual’s speech is highly idiosyncratic, allowing for only superficial similarities to others, at best. Truly, it can be said with full confidence that an individual’s speech patterns are akin to a fingerprint. The fingerprint, as we know, cannot be truly duplicated and is, therefore, one of the most relied upon, and scientifically quantifiable, human identifiers.

The pace and timing of one’s words give some insight as to the nature of the individual’s thought connectivity. There is a strong correlation between the pace of speech and the rapport between the individual’s thought processes. It is a relationship that is innate to the individual, requiring little to no effort to access barring any psycho-physiological impediments or handicaps.

However, this tempoic imprint, particular to the individual, may indeed become compromised by inner and outer interferences. Conditioning, in its myriad psychological forms, is the single greatest threat to one’s tempoic imprint. Human conditioning creates an internal environment of opposition within the mind, thereby compromising the entire human system.

Consider, for instance, how you relate to your employer. You may have a fair employer. You may have a harsh and demanding one. In either case, there is a hierarchy in place. It is implied that you obey said hierarchy. You are the worker and your employer is your boss. Culturally, in terms of employment, your boss is on a “higher level” than you. There are things you cannot say to your boss that would otherwise be “okay” outside of work. This is obvious.

But consider what happens when your boss crosses a certain line. Perhaps your boss might sexually harass you or show up at your house unannounced and help himself to your dinner. Such things we consider inappropriate, and for good reason. We may or may not act soberly to such offenses. A dignified response, we know, would be to address the situation by either talking to your boss, reporting your boss, or perhaps even quitting your job. However, there are many who would not react appropriately to the situation. Some may outwardly applaud this boss’ antics while quietly fuming about the offenses. Some may even deny to themselves that anything untowardly has actually occurred. Why? Because many of us wouldn’t want to lose face…or our jobs. Some of us will rationalize the inappropriate behavior and act according to the “greater good”.

We fear that if we upset our bosses, we will lose our jobs and as a result, lose the health insurance that is taking care of our sick children. This fear is pervasive and it is in everything we do. When someone in a “higher” position speaks to us, we want to cause no friction. We want to impress them. We want opportunity. So when we reply to their speech, we reply at a pace and tempo that we believe they will accept. If your boss is quickly speaking to you about the deadline of your weekly report, you will most likely pace your speech to his speech, even if you are not a fast speaker. You would, most likely, not think to speak at a slower pace lest he think something may be wrong with you. You might fear that he might think you unintelligent or mocking or maybe even drunk. The result of this is that you will most likely fail to adequately express yourself. This results in a nervous, and potentially awkward, encounter. You may say the wrong thing, fail to understand your own perspective and actually end up feeling bad about yourself.