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'More real than reality': A study of Voice Hearing
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 17, no 4, 365-373 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hearing voices can be considered as elusive or illusory hallucinations in the sense that they are perceptions that have no external reason or even that they are divorced from reality. The aim of this article is to describe how participants in different focus groups account for and understand their voice-hearing experiences. The study shows that voice hearing can be such an overwhelming experience that it can even be experienced as ‘more real than reality’. Voices are strong and powerful experiences that sometimes convey memories from the past or difficulties that the voice hearer would prefer to forget but in fact has had to confront. The voices also influence how the voice hearer sees his or her future. This study contributes to our knowledge of the world and language of voice hearers from the perspective of social work.

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2008. Vol. 17, no 4, 365-373 p.
Keyword [en]
hallucinations, hearing voices, user perspective
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21591DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2007.00524.xOAI: diva2:595264
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-11-06Bibliographically approved

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