The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves - Wellcome (Hardback)
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The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves - Wellcome (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 14/04/2016
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We all hear voices. Ordinary thinking is often a kind of conversation, filling our heads with speech: the voices of reason, of memory, of self-encouragement and rebuke, the inner dialogue that helps us with tough decisions or complicated problems. For others - voice-hearers, trauma-sufferers and prophets - the voices seem to come from outside: friendly voices, malicious ones, the voice of God or the Devil, the muses of art and literature. In The Voices Within, Royal Society Prize shortlisted psychologist Charles Fernyhough draws on extensive original research and a wealth of cultural touchpoints to reveal the workings of our inner voices, and how those voices link to creativity and development. From Virginia Woolf to the modern Hearing Voices Movement, Fernyhough also transforms our understanding of voice-hearers past and present. Building on the latest theories, including the new 'dialogic thinking' model, and employing state-of-the-art neuroimaging and other ground-breaking research techniques, Fernyhough has written an authoritative and engaging guide to the voices in our heads. Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection. WELLCOME COLLECTION Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, funding over 14,000 researchers and projects in more than 70 countries. wellcomecollection.org

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781252796
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 545 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
An elegantly written survey of contemporary scientific research into the inner dialogues we all conduct every day ... Moving ... persuasively unravels connections between the voices we hear inside and the words we say out loud, and shows that the conversations we have with ourselves can be as interesting and revealing as those we have with others. -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *
Intriguing -- Salley Vickers * Observer *
A lucid, authoritative survey of our current knowledge ... The author's investigations, at once scientific and humane, represent the discipline of psychology at its rare best. -- Raymond Tallis * Wall Street Journal *
An intriguing and deeply humane book... particularly good when addressing the role of inner voices in creativity ... In The Voices Within, [Fernyhough] has again rendered complicated mental experience without losing its human texture. -- Casey Schwartz * New York Times Book Review *
Profound and eloquent (he is a novelist too), Fernyhough presents an intriguing array of fresh findings and perspectives. He makes a persuasive case that one of the most inti-mate and private of our mental activities has a social origin. We talk to ourselves because we talked to others first. -- Douwe Draaisma * Nature *
Compelling ... it does reassure those of us who worry that we have a chorus of voices jabbering in our heads. It turns out we're not mad, or even odd, but simply lucky enough to have a second - or thirdm or fourth - opinion always on call to help. -- Kathryn Hughes * Mail on Sunday *
Fascinating and elegantly humane ... [Fernyhough's] book is refreshingly interdisciplinary in its insistence that philosophy and literature are going to be just as important investigative tools for this subject as clinical psychology and brain scan ... illuminating -- Steven Poole * Guardian *
Throughout Charles Fernyhough's fascinating tour d'horizon he collapses many similar oppositions: between data and feelings, speaking and listening, external reality and our inner lives. These perspectives may not all resolve into a single viewpoint, but like the voices that constitute our thoughts, they are brought into stimulating and fruitful conversation. -- Mike Jay * Literary Review *
In his eye-opening new book, Charles Fernyhough explores this inner speech, revealing what purpose it serves, what it says about us, and what it can tell us about those who experience hallucinated voices. * BBC Science Focus *
With its extensive illustrations of the creative effects of inner speech and voice-hearing, sane and mad, [The Voices Within] is a thought-provoking and engaging read. -- Janet Sayers * THE *
Fascinating ... the book traces in detail (the footnotes are just as interesting as the text) the various attempts to pin down inner voices ... an expert blend of the scientific and artistic. -- Erica Wagner * New Statesman *
Fascinating ... thought provoking ... intriguing ... clear presentation of the slippery nature of both our inner and spoken worlds -- Suzanne O'Sullivan * The Lancet *
From explaining the hurdles of studying our internal dialogue to setting the record straight on schizophrenia and "hearing voices," this book is a must-read for those seeking to understand the voices in their heads. * Discover Magazine USA *

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