What have we learnt about the phenomenology of voice-hearing?

Simon McCarthy-Jones*

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    It seems logical that understanding ‘hearing voices’ should begin with listening to voices. Whilst some have turned a deaf ear to what the voices people hear are actually like, considering it irrelevant or even potentially harmful to even ask about, many have listened. This chapter will examine what this accumulated listening tells us, and thereby give an overview of what is formally termed the phenomenology of the voice-hearing experience. This is of importance because in order to be able to develop meaningful and accurate models of the causes of voice-hearing, and to aid the development of psychological interventions for those distressed by their voices, we need to know about the phenomenology of voice-hearing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPsychological approaches to understanding and treating auditory hallucinations
    Subtitle of host publicationfrom theory to therapy
    EditorsMark Hayward, Clara Strauss, Simon McCarthy-Jones
    Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781317622260, 9781315753829, 9781317622277
    ISBN (Print)9780415640114
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameExplorations in Mental Health series


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