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Hearing Voices: The Histories, Causes and Meanings of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations

  title={Hearing Voices: The Histories, Causes and Meanings of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations},
  author={Simon McCarthy-Jones},
The meanings and causes of hearing voices that others cannot hear (auditory verbal hallucinations, in psychiatric parlance) have been debated for thousands of years. Voice-hearing has been both revered and condemned, understood as a symptom of disease as well as a source of otherworldly communication. Those hearing voices have been viewed as mystics, potential psychiatric patients or simply just people with unusual experiences, and have been beatified, esteemed or accepted, as well as drugged… 
The voice-hearer
  • A. Woods
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Journal of mental health
  • 2013
Background For 25 years, the international Hearing Voices Movement and the UK Hearing Voices Network have campaigned to improve the lives of people who hear voices. In doing so, they have introduced
Metaphor framing and distress in lived-experience accounts of voice-hearing
ABSTRACT This paper explores the potential role of metaphor as a signal and determinant of distress in first-person accounts of voice-hearing by people with schizophrenia diagnoses. The degree of
Hear today, not gone tomorrow? An exploratory longitudinal study of auditory verbal hallucinations (hearing voices).
BACKGROUND Despite an increasing volume of cross-sectional work on auditory verbal hallucinations (hearing voices), there remains a paucity of work on how the experience may change over time. AIMS
Unsolicited reports of voice hearing in the general population: a study using a novel method
ABSTRACT Understanding the phenomenological range of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs), or voice hearing (VH) experiences, is important for developing etiological models. To circumvent potential
Towards a geography of voice-hearing
Abstract The social psychiatrists Marius Romme and Sandra Escher argue that boundaries are of critical importance in the therapeutic treatment of so-called ‘auditory verbal hallucinations’ (AVH), or,
Listening to voices: the use of phenomenology to differentiate malingered from genuine auditory verbal hallucinations.
It is argued that the use of typical properties of AVHs as a yardstick against which to evaluate the veracity of a defendant's claims is likely to be less effective than the accumulation of instances of defendants endorsing statements of atypical features ofAVHs.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations
It is argued that an interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenology of AVH can nourish the ethical core of scientific enquiry by challenging its interpretive paradigms, and offer voice hearers richer, potentially more empowering ways to make sense of their experiences.
A new phenomenological survey of auditory hallucinations: evidence for subtypes and implications for theory and practice.
It is proposed that there are likely to be different neurocognitive processes underpinning these experiences, necessitating revised AH models, and the existence of 4 AH subtypes is suggested.
Hearing voices, dissociation, and the self: A functional-analytic perspective
A trauma–dissociation developmental trajectory in which trauma impacts negatively on the development of self through the process of dissociation is proposed, purports that trauma gives rise to more coordination than distinction relations between self and others, thus weakening an individual’s sense of a distinct self.
The tangled roots of inner speech, voices and delusions
Results highlight the importance of better understanding relations between inner speech and AVH, provide avenues for future research, and underscore the need for research into the interrelatedness of inner speech, voices and delusions, and the complexities involved in disentangling these experiences.


What voices can do with words: pragmatics of verbal hallucinations.
It is concluded that verbal hallucinations can be fruitfully considered to be a genus of inner speech with pragmatics and can be used as a framework to distinguish verbal hallucinations in different populations.
Auditory Hallucinations: Psychotic Symptom or Dissociative Experience?
SUMMARY While auditory hallucinations are considered a core psychotic symptom, central to the diagnosis of schizophrenia, it has long been recognized that persons who are not psychotic may also hear
Hallucinations: The Science of Idiosyncratic Perception
Hearing voices when nobody speaks or seeing objects no one else sees - hallucinations are intriguing phenomena that have puzzled clinicians, researchers, and lay people alike for centuries. In this
Determinants of outcome in the pathways through care for children hearing voices
Auditory hallucination, or hearing voices, is generally associated with psychopathology. In psychiatry it is inter-preted as a symptom of an illness, with no connection to the individual's life
‘More real than reality’: a study of voice hearing
Hearing voices can be considered as elusive or illusory hallucinations in the sense that they are perceptions that have no external reason or even that they are divorced from reality. The aim of this
Auditory Hallucinations of Hearing Voices in 375 Normal Subjects
Jaynes' elaborate theory of the evolution of human consciousness speculates that unconscious language use by the right hemisphere produced frequent auditory hallucinations in primitive people [1].
Differences and similarities in the sensory and cognitive signatures of voice-hearing, intrusions and thoughts
Differences between intrusions and voice-hearing are more quantitative than qualitative, supporting the view that voice- hearing is more than a disorder of input and suggesting the involvement of important top-down attributional processes.
The relationship between trauma and beliefs about hearing voices: a study of psychiatric and non-psychiatric voice hearers
The results suggest that beliefs about voices may be at least partially understood in the context of traumatic life events.
Towards a definition of “hearing voices”: A phenomenological approach
Despite an increasingly comprehensive research literature on hearing voices, few attempts have been made to define the phenomenon and fewer still have sought to do so based on voice‐hearers'
Hearing Voices and Listening to What They Say: The Importance of Voice Content in Understanding and Working With Distressing Voices
  • V. Beavan, J. Read
  • Psychology, Medicine
    The Journal of nervous and mental disease
  • 2010
Voice content was the only significant predictor of emotional distress and the strongest predictor of contact with mental health services, and should be explored with voice-hearers who find themselves in clinical settings.