by John Watkins - £21.00 Michelle Anderson Publishing (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780855723903 | ISBN 10: 0855723904
Although hearing voices is often considered a hallmark of madness it is actually a rather common experience. While “voices” are a prominent symptom of psychotic disorders like schizophrenia they can also occur in many other contexts. Many well-adjusted individuals have had at least one memorable voice experience and some people have them regularly. While some experiences are disturbing others provide comfort, reassurance, and guidance. Benign inner voices often occur in association with non-ordinary states of consciousness, mystical and paranormal phenomena, near-death experiences, and shamanic practices and may serve as a vehicle for creative inspiration, extrasensory communication, the call of vocation, and spiritual revelation.
Hearing Voices ventures beyond conventional psychiatric therapies whose sole aim is symptom eradication to explore ways of working creatively with voices and other inner experiences to foster personal growth, healing and recovery. Includes detailed descriptions of voice hearing experiences, an overview of theories regarding their origin, and practical strategies for coping with unwanted voices. Of value to voice hearers and those wishing to acquire a deeper understanding of this intriguing phenomenon.
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