Psychiatric Predictive Value of the Voice Message
Had voice messages existed in the past, there would be a Budhist riddle to the effect of “what is the sound of one man conversing?”. For most of us, the answer to this riddle would be “awkward”. Human communication relies on feedback and cues from an audience. Sustained solo communication just feels weird.
Health budgets are about to be squeezed like the bowels of a patient being disimpacted. To extrapolate the analogy further, the likely result coming out of both patient and cuts will be the same. Each challenge requires innovative solutions, and here our friend the voice message comes into its own.
Most normal human beings will sound awkward when leaving a voice message. However, those with narcisstic personality disorders and other such ailments are more likely to enjoy auto- monologue. The voice message is an acceptable situation to assess these personal traits. The patient believes they are being given a task, however the exercise is an assessment of how comfortable a patient is talking to themselves.
Should the patient leave a perfect voice message they should be further tested for psychopathy. In this way the voice message may be used as a screening test.