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'More real than reality': A study of voice hearing
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 17, no 4, 365-373 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 article is to describe how participants in different focus groups account for and understand their voice-hearing experiences. The study shows that voice hearing can be such an overwhelming experience that it can even be experienced as 'more real than reality'. Voices are strong and powerful experiences that sometimes convey memories from the past or difficulties that the voice hearer would prefer to forget but in fact has had to confront. The voices also influence how the voice hearer sees his or her future. This study contributes to our knowledge of the world and language of voice hearers from the perspective of social work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 17, no 4, 365-373 p.
Keyword [en]
hallucinations, hearing voices, user perspective
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24275DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2007.00524.xISI: 000258782000010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-24275DiVA: diva2:197143
Available from: 2007-05-16 Created: 2007-05-16 Last updated: 2011-02-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Berättelser om inre röster: Ett fenomenologiskt och kommunikativt perspektiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Berättelser om inre röster: Ett fenomenologiskt och kommunikativt perspektiv
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The phenomenon of hearing voices is examined in a communicative way and with a phenomenological perspective. Data consist of talks in focus groups and of written autobiographical texts.

(I) The aim of the first article, “More real than the reality”- A study of voice hearing, is to describe and analyse how participants in focus groups account for and understand their voice hearing experiences. Voice hearing can be understood as a continuum of various experiences, including thoughts about the self and the inner and the outer world. Voice hearing can be experienced as ‘more real than the reality’.

(II) The aim of the second article, Från rösthörarnas värld - en analys av självbiografiska brev om hörselhallucinationer [From the world of the voice hearers - en analysis of personal letters on auditory hallucinations], is to analyse how people can describe and interpret inner voices in texts. The terms monologue, dialogue, polyphony and cacophony characterise variations of voice hearing.

(III) The aim of the third article, ‘Schizophrenic or occult harassed?’ A narrative study of an autobiographical text about auditory and visual hallucinations, is to show that important insight into voice hearing can be gained when one describes and analyses how a subject writes. The analysis showed how writing was a way of adapting to inner voices and to the psychiatric diagnosis the author had received.

(IV) The aim of the fourth article, Leva med inre röster. Utforskande av röstupplevelsers mening [Living with inner voices. A quest for the meaning of voice experiences], is to describe and analyse some methods and attitudes that the subjects use in order to cope with inner voices. It was important that the participants accepted their voices as a part of life. The participants also must cope with being stigmatised.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för socialt arbete - Socialhögskolan, 2007. 214 p.
Series
Rapport i socialt arbete, ISSN 0281-6288 ; 123
Keyword
hallucinations, hearing voices, recovery, schizophrenia, user perspective
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6830 (URN)978-91-7155-443-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-06-08, Aula Svea, Socialhögskolan, Sveaplan, Stockholm, 10:00
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Available from: 2007-05-16 Created: 2007-05-16 Last updated: 2010-10-21Bibliographically approved

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