Recommended publications

A selection of recommended publications about Hearing Voices and related topics

There are now a wide range of excellent publications about the hearing voices approach.

On this page we provide details of contents and how to order your own copy.

Listed in order of date published, from most recent.

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Learning From the Voices in My Head

Hearing Voices: The histories, causes and meanings of auditory verbal hallucinations

Recovery – An Alien Concept, Final Edition

Working with Voices – Victim to Victor 2nd Edition

Children Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do

Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery

The voice inside: A practical guide for and about people who hear voices

Hearing Voices A Common Human Experience

Hearing voices: embodiment and experience

Raising Our Voices, An account of the hearing voices movement

 Starting and Supporting Voices Groups

Making sense of voices: A guide for professionals who work with voice hearers

Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity: Studies of Verbal Hallucinations: Studies of verbal hallucinations

Accepting Voices: A New Approach to Voice-hearing Outside the Illness Model

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a bookLearning from the Voices in my Head by Eleanor Longden

“Eleanor Longden was a college freshman when she started hearing voices in her head. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and checked into a psychiatric ward, Longden spent years trapped in a nightmare of hospitals and medications, pain and despair. Yet she survived. Her technique: to learn to listen to her internal narrators, not reject them. Now on the cusp of finishing her Ph.D. in psychology, Longden still hears voices — and she says she wouldn’t live without them. Part personal memoir and part medical argument, Learning from the Voices in My Head challenges society’s definition of crazy. Longden calls for new, nuanced understanding of voice hearing and urges us to see madness not as a condition, but as a process — one through which those who struggle with mental health issues have the chance to emerge with their sanity intact.”

 

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Hearing Voices: The histories, causes and meanings of auditory verbal hallucinations by Simon McCarthy Jones

Published by Cambridge University Press 2012

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.

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Recovery – An Alien Concept, Final Edition by Ron Coleman

P&P Press Limited, 2011

This is an exploration of the concept of recovery. It is the life story of Ron Coleman, and tells how he gave up being a chronic schizophrenic and went back to being Ron. In ‘Recovery – An Alien Concept’ Ron attempts to reflect on the past and learn the lessons of history in the psychiatric system, by exploring recovery and encouraging professionals, clients and carers to begin their own personal journeys towards recovery.

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Working with Voices – Victim to Victor 2nd Edition by Ron Coleman and Mike Smith

P&P Press Limited, 2010

The Victim to Victor Workbook is for voice hearers and the people they select to support them. It will enable people who have difficulties to cope with their voices and to discover different sides to their voices. It will unfold their relationship with the voices and by doing so will stimulate them to acquire more effective ways of coping. Most important in this process, and well stimulated in this workbook, is to take ownership of the voice hearing experience. The workbook provides the opportunity for the person to begin the process of growing from victim to victor by writing his or her own life history in relation to their voice hearing, then moving forward to other positive growth exercises. This book will stimulate the person to plan their own future and life again, and is especially helpful for those who are presently feeling too overpowered by their voices to become their master.

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Children Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do by Dr. Sandra Escher and Dr. Marius Romme

PCCS Books, UK, (2005)

This is a unique, innovative book providing support and practical solutions for the experience of hearing voices. It is in two parts, one part for voice-hearing children, the other for parents and adult carers. Sandra Escher and Marius Romme have over twenty-five years experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices.

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Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery

Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dirk Corstens, Mervyn Morris, PCCS Books, 2009

A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers.

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The voice inside: A practical guide for and about people who hear voices

Paul Baker, P&P Publications 2009

An introduction to the experience of hearing voices; with advice about how to cope and make sense of the experience and descriptions for voice hearers and workers of new ways of helping to cope better with troubling voices. 2009, Written and edited by Paul Baker with contributions from Marius Romme, Sandra Escher and Ron Coleman. This handbook is an updated and combined version of two previously published booklets about hearing voices with new sections on talking to voices; hearing voices and schizophrenia; children and hearing voices.

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Hearing Voices A Common Human Experience by John Watkins

Michelle Anderson Publishing, 2008

This book explores ways of working creatively with voices and other inner experiences to foster personal growth, healing and recovery. It contains a wealth of information of great practical value to people who hear voices as well as to those who wish to broaden their understanding of this fascinating phenomenon. It includes a detailed description of a wide variety of voice experiences, an overview of theories which attempt to explain why they occur and a comprehensive set of practical strategies for dealing with unwanted or disturbing voices.

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Hearing voices: embodiment and experience by Lisa Blackman

Free Association Books 2001

Drawing on the practices of the Hearing Voices Network, an international group of voice hearers who are challenging the notion that hearing voices is a sign of mental illness, this book shows how the phenomenon is intimately tied to broader questions of embodiment, practices of government and regulation, as well as to the production of new forms of subjectivity emerging within and between psychiatric and psychological knowledge.

The hearing of voices is generally regarded as a pathological phenomenon – a form of mental illness. This title challenges the assumption in psychiatry and psychology that hearing voices has a pathological basis, and contains information from people who hear voices but who have found traditional clinical approaches unhelpful. It also provides information on an alternative approach to hearing voices.

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Raising Our Voices, An account of the hearing voices movement by Adam James

Handsell Publishing, 2001

In this comprehensive book, Adam James demonstrates why he was made ‘Mind Journalist of the Year 2001’. He has brought both the philosophy and struggle of the Hearing Voices Network to life. In this compelling book, the history of the Network from Julian Jaynes’ work on the bicameral mind to the development of the UK Hearing Voices Network as a pseudo mainstream organisation is explained in terms that anyone can understand.

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Starting and Supporting Voices Groups by Julie Downs

2001 Hearing Voices Network, England.

A Guide to setting up and running support groups for people who hear voices, see visions or experience tactile or other sensations. Hearing Voices Network, Manchester, England

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Making sense of voices: A guide for professionals who work with voice hearers by M. Romme and S. Escher

Mind, 2000

Just under ten years ago, Marius Romme and Sandra Escher triggered a seismic shift in the understanding of voice-hearing. They put the powerful case for accepting and validating people’s own interpretations of their voices, and showed how such interpretations often enabled people to live with them far more effectively than bio-medical approaches. This handbook for practitioners builds on this work. It combines examples with guidance on the various processes involved in enabling voice-hearers to deal with their voices and lead an active and fulfilling life.

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Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity: Studies of Verbal Hallucinations: Studies of verbal hallucinations

Ivan Leudar, Philip Thomas

Ivan Leudar and Philip Thomas. Routledge/Psychological Press, 2000
In this challenging book, psychologist, Ivan Leudar traces voice-hearing and its interpretations through 2,800 years of history. Through six cases of historical and contemporary voice-hearers, Leudar assisted with some contributory chapters by psychiatrist Philip Thomas demonstrates how the direct experience has been changed from being a sign of virtue to being a sign of insanity, signalling ‘psychosis’ or ‘schizophrenia’. Leudar asks the question if the experience should be taken out of the hands of psychiatry and rehabilitated as a normal, although uncommon human experience.

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Accepting Voices: A New Approach to Voice-hearing Outside the Illness Model by Professor Marius Romme & Dr. Sandra Escher. Mind, 1993

This acclaimed book illustrates how many people who hear voices come to terms with their experience without recourse to psychiatry. Focuses on techniques for dealing with voices, emphasising the importance of personal growth.

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DVD’s

How to Set up and Run a Hearing Voices Group (DVD)

P&P Publications, 2009

There are now hundreds of hearing voices groups across the world, these peer support groups have proven to be a very successful way of supporting people who hear voices. Find out how you can set up and run a successful hearing voices group from members of hearing voices groups. The video includes the opportunity to see hearing voices group in actions; interviews with members and group facilitators. This step by step guide is an excellent learning tool, includes an accompanying information and discussion booklet.

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