Auditory hallucinations as a personal experience: Analysis of non-psychiatric voice hearers' narrations

E. Faccio, D. Romaioli, J. Dagani, S. Cipolletta

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Abstract

This exploratory research investigates the phenomenon of non-psychiatric auditory hallucinations from the perspective of the voice hearer, evaluating the possibility that this experience can contribute the maintenance and adaptation of the hearer's personal identity system. A semi-structured interview was administered to 10 Italian voice hearers, six men and four women, aged 18-65 years, who had never been in contact with any mental health services because of the voices, even though some of them had been hearing voices for decades. Participants were not distressed or worried about the voices; on the contrary they developed their own understanding, personal coping resources and beliefs in relation to the positive functions of the voices. These results indicate that voices cannot be considered merely as symptoms, but may be seen also as adaptation systems. Consequently, we should avoid trying to helping voice hearers to eliminate or deny voices, and rather we should help them to feel allowed to preserve them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-767
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Mental health problems
  • Narratives
  • Psychosis
  • Qualitative methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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