How to stop speaking in monotone?
I've noticed that when talking to people I'm not comfortable with (i.e. basically anyone outside of my family) I speak in a really boring, monotone, non-expressive voice. The only time I show emotion is if they say something that is supposed to be a joke so I do a fake laugh. I noticed this particularly today when speaking to my therapist... Everything I said sounded so stilted but despite being aware of this I didn't know what I could do to fix this. Why does this happen and how can I make myself sound more expressive and animated? Does anyone else experience this?