Accepting and Making Sense of Hearing Voices
 

Core concepts;


THE FACT THAT SOMEONE HEARS VOICES DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE ILL,
Hearing voices is apparent in 4% of the general population with people without mental illness.

 

HEARING VOICES ISN'T JUST CONNECTED TO SCHIZOPHRENIA
Hearing voices happens with healthy people and a variety of psychiatric disorders.

 

HEARING VOICES IS A VERY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Which is different for each voice hearer.

 

HEARING VOICES IS RELATED TO THE PERSONAL LIFE EXPERIENCES OF THE VOICE HEARER
The characteristics of the separate voices heard inform us about the specific problems the person is facing.

 

TO RECOVER FROM TROUBLES WITH VOICES ONE SHOULD ACCEPT THE COPE WITH THEM AND UNDERSTAND THEM
Therefore a systematic interview can pave the way to understand the voices.

 

MAKING SENSE OF VOICES MEANS UNDERSTANDING THE PERSONAL PROBLEMS OF THE VOICE HEARER
voice hearers become ill when they are not able to cope with their voices nor with the problems that lay at the roots of their voices.


The core concepts for working with voices and voice hearers are based on:
- Research and experience in working with voice hearers of Romme and Escher;
- Supporting epidemiological research and trauma research;
- The experience and hard work of recovered voice hearers and voice hearers groups.