Hearing Voices: The Histories, Causes and Meanings of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (Hardback)
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Hearing Voices: The Histories, Causes and Meanings of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (Hardback)

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Hardback 470 Pages / Published: 05/04/2012
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107007222
Number of pages: 470
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The book brings together contributions from biological and psychological research, and more originally, it documents the history of hearing voices and the meaning of such experiences. Dr McCarthy-Jones's book is grounded in scientific research and comprehensively researched historical material. The book is a real feast, and Dr McCarthy-Jones charms us with his lively narrative. The book will appeal to modern 'voice-hearers', clinicians, and scholars of auditory hallucinations.' Flavie Waters, University of Western Australia
'Engaging and informative ... for researchers and healthcare professionals, as well as voice hearers themselves.' The Psychologist
'This book will bear re-reading. It is equally accessible to the specialist as to the generalist. There is a wealth of information, a keen examination of theory, a critical disposition, and above all it is interesting and engaging.' Femi Oyebode, British Journal of Psychiatry
'This work invites the reader to consider and integrate evidence from history, neuroscience, psychology and voice-hearers: an endeavour which is made enjoyable by the engaging narrative and sometimes humorous commentary of the author throughout. McCarthy-Jones appears equally committed to thorough research, scientific evidence and the well-being of voice-hearers. This work is an indispensable resource for voice-hearers, carers, clinicians and researchers. Highly recommended.' Adele de Jager, Psychosis
"This is a well-structured book enhanced by the author's engaging and informative prose. It should prove intriguing and informative for researchers and healthcare professionals, as well as voice-hearers themselves." Iain McGowan, University of Ulster, The Psychologist
"... a comprehensive, indeed encyclopedic text ... This book will bear re-reading. It is equally accessible to the specialist as to the generalist. There is a wealth of information, a keen examination of theory, a critical disposition, and above all it is interesting and engaging." Femi Oyebode, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham and National Centre for Mental Health, The British Journal of Psychiatry
"Overall, this is a book well worth acquiring. Voices occur within real people (with all their complexity), as books come from real authors. When we attempt to indulge the fantasy that we can talk of one without the other, we do a disservice to all concerned. McCarthy-Jones recognizes this and has written a book that has much to inform the reader and, most important, induces respect and empathy for those in our communities who are voice hearers." Dr Padraig Collins, Community Adult Mental Health Services, PsycCRITIQUES
"This work invites the reader to consider and integrate evidence from history, neuroscience, psychology and voice-hearers: an endeavour which is made enjoyable by the engaging narrative and sometimes humorous commentary of the author throughout. McCarthy-Jones appears equally committed to thorough research, scientific evidence and the well-being of voice-hearers. This work is an indispensable resource for voice-hearers, carers, clinicians and researchers. Highly recommended." Psychosis
"... an epic, systematic and comprehensive treatise which is both fascinating and informative ..." Nick O'Connor, Australasian Psychiatry

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