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Hearing voices - be nice to them and they will be nice to you

Identifier

006500

Type of Spiritual Experience

Inter composer communication
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

Voices may simply be an hallucination or it may be genuine inter composer communication, in which case it appears there is every reason to be nice to the voice just as you would any person, after all the likelihood is that it is another person just like you, like attracts like!

A disembodied soul needs help.

 

A description of the experience

Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2011 Sep;57(5):487-95. doi: 10.1177/0020764010368624. Epub 2010 Jul 5.  Developing positive relationships with voices: a preliminary Grounded Theory. Jackson LJ, Hayward M, Cooke A. Salomons Centre for Applied Social and Psychological Development, Tunbridge Wells, UK.

BACKGROUND: Research has been exploring the phenomenon of 'voice hearing' within a relational framework. To date, studies have paid limited attention to voice hearers who view the experience positively.

MATERIAL: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five mental health service users and seven non-service users who had had positive experiences of hearing voices. Interview transcripts were analyzed using Grounded Theory.

CONCLUSIONS: The preliminary theory suggests that the moderation of fear and control may impact on relationships with voices. Actively engaging with voices to understand their subjective meaning may be beneficial. Promoting a positive self-concept and connecting with communities who value and accept voice-hearing experiences may be particularly important.

PMID: 20603271

The source of the experience

PubMed

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

Hearing voices

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