Kristina Lundholm Fors – What if silence speaks louder than words?

What if silence speaks louder than words?

Kristina Lundholm Fors, a speech and language pathologist turned PhD student, has been fascinated by language and communication from an early age. Her passion has led her from a childhood of avid reading to the doctoral dissertation Production and Perception of Pauses in Speech, in which she delves into the elusive world of silence.

Fors joins us at TEDxGöteborg to share her findings, and to further explore the notion of silence as an expression.

What if silence speaks louder than words?

In between words, there is silence. But this doesn’t mean that we are not still communicating. In a conversation, what we say when we don’t speak is in fact as important, or even more important, than the words themselves. The silence encompasses the words. It gives them a frame; a context. And along with the non verbal communication, it even defines them. So in a way, silence really does speak louder than words. We just have to learn what it means.