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Variance:  Overriding Events

Variance: Overriding Events

I am very angry today.

Anger is an interesting emotion. It is an overriding event in the brain. It causes the amygdala to flood the body with hormones. The hormones provoke the flight/fight/freeze response. You can feel anger as an electrical cascade up the back of your spine. Your vagus nerve is fully charged.

As it progresses, you may taste adrenaline in your mouth, your breathing becomes labored or fast. Your throat tightens. Anger limits, or outright steals, your voice.

The reaction can last 20 minutes initially and can rebound quickly. It can keep you from speaking up. It can keep you from speaking out.

We all need tools to process past this override. And we must get past it because there is so much work to be done before this society can function for the good of all.

This Friday at 12:30 pm EDT, Gina will host an office hour over Zoom that will also be live on FB. These will be short voice alignment sessions aimed at voice skills building. Come to the Zoom for the session and/or to ask any questions you have about voice function or practice or just join me over FB Live. Register here or watch it live on the GROW Voice FB page. I hope to see you there.

Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay.  She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user.  Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker.  For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit

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