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It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …

Is It Possible To Live With The Voices In Your Head?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Overcoming.<p><b>About Eleanor Longden's TED Talk</b><p>Eleanor Longden was a normal college student — until she began hearing voices. Longden recounts her journey with schizophrenia and how she came to listen to and live with her voices.<p>We don't have to live our lives …

Culture sets the tone when people ‘hear voices’

People suffering from schizophrenia may hear “voices”—auditory hallucinations—differently depending on their cultural context, according to new …

Brain Disease

Researchers investigate what it means to 'hear voices'

Children will often have imaginary friends, the recently bereaved sometimes hear their loved ones and for some people voices in their head can be a horrible, destabilising ordeal.<p>The full gamut of experiences are to be explored in detail at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, in a …

Do you hear voices? You are not alone

Hearing voices is an experience that is very distressing for many people. Voices – or “auditory verbal hallucinations” – are one of the most common features of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. But for a small minority of people, voice-hearing is a regular part of their lives, an …

Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds

Charles Dickens,Books,Fiction,Culture,Evelyn Waugh,Edinburgh festival,Edinburgh international book festival,Edinburgh international book festival 2014<p>The novelist said he did not invent, but merely recorded what he heard and saw. This prompts questions about the act of writing

Talking to the voices in our heads | Sam Wilkinson and Felicity Deamer

A promising approach to treating people who hear voices, also known as ‘auditory hallucinations’, is to get the patient or therapist to interact with the speaker<p>Somebody hears a voice, but nobody is speaking. It seems reasonable to assume that there is something going on in the head of this person …

When Hearing Voices Is a Good Thing

A new study suggests that schizophrenic people in more collectivist societies sometimes think their auditory hallucinations are helpful.<p>As a child, Joe Holt constantly thought he heard people hurling savage insults at him. When he would confront them, they would deny having said anything, enraging …