At a recent conference, I heard a really extraordinary fact: that people who’ve been deaf from birth don’t hear voices, but see hands signing at them. I sometimes discuss dilemmas or problems with them, or ask their opinion about decisions, although I would never let them dictate something to me that I didn’t want to do – it’s like negotiating between different parts of yourself to reach a conclusion ‘everyone’ is happy with.So, for example, maybe there’s a voice that represents a part of me that’s very insecure, which will have different needs, to a part of me that wants to go out into the world and be heard.It’s also widely recognized as part of different spiritual and cultural experiences.Do you feel like other voice hearers understand you better?And when they do discuss me, it’s more likely to be compliments or positive encouragement.Or sometimes they’ll discuss something I’m worried about and debate possible solutions.
In this respect, I think there’s actually more continuity between voices and everyday psychological experience then a lot of people realize.
For example, everyone knows what it’s like to have intrusive thoughts.
And most of us recognize the sense of having more than one part of ourselves: a part that’s very critical, a part that wants to please everyone, a part that’s preoccupied with negative events, a part that is playful and irresponsible and gets us into trouble, and so on.
And if you can’t do anything about it, there’s no point in worrying!
” Do the voices sound like they are coming from inside your head or through your ears?