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Author McCarthy-Jones, Simon, 1978-

Title Hearing voices : the histories, causes, and meanings of auditory verbal hallucinations / Simon McCarthy-Jones
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 457 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Part I.A History of Hearing Voices: 1. From ancient Mesopotamia to the pre-Reformation world; 2. Political voices: religion, medicine and hearing voices; 3. From the birth of psychiatry to the present day -- Part II. The Phenomenology and Lived Experience of Hearing Voices: 4. The phenomenology of hearing voices in people with psychiatric diagnoses; 5. The lived experience of hearing voices in individuals diagnosed with psychotic disorder, or: the journey from patient to non-patient; 6. Beyond disorder: religious and cross cultural perspectives; 7. The phenomenology of hearing voices in people without psychiatric diagnoses -- Part III. The Causes of Hearing Voices: 8. Neuroscience and hearing voices: it's the brain, stupid?; 9. Neuropsychological models I: inner speech; 10. Neuropsychological models II: memory and hypervigilance; 11. The wound is peopled from world to brain and back again -- Part IV. The Meanings of Hearing Voices: 12. The struggle for meanings -- Conclusion: moving towards new models of hearing voices
Summary "The meanings and causes of hearing voices that others cannot hear (auditory verbal hallucinations, in psychiatric parlance) have been debated for thousands of years. Voice-hearing has been both revered and condemned, understood as a symptom of disease as well as a source of otherworldly communication. Those hearing voices have been viewed as mystics, potential psychiatric patients or simply just people with unusual experiences, and have been beatified, esteemed or accepted, as well as drugged, burnt or gassed. This book travels from voice-hearing in the ancient world through to contemporary experience, examining how power, politics, gender, medicine and religion have shaped the meaning of hearing voices. Who hears voices today, what these voices are like and their potential impact are comprehensively examined. Cutting edge neuroscience is integrated with current psychological theories to consider what may cause voices and the future of research in voice-hearing is explored"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Hallucinations and illusions -- History
Psychology, Pathological.
Auditory hallucinations.
Mental illness -- History
Hallucinations -- history
Hallucinations -- psychology
Auditory Perception -- physiology
Hallucinations -- etiology
Mental Disorders -- history
Public Opinion -- history
MEDICAL -- Mental Health.
MEDICAL -- Psychiatry -- General.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Clinical Psychology.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Mental Illness.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychopathology -- General.
Auditory hallucinations
Hallucinations and illusions
Mental illness
Psychology, Pathological
Auditorische hallucinaties.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011035576
ISBN 9781139379823