This section includes some of the key texts that share information about voice-hearing that is useful no matter what your interest in the subject (personal or professional).
The voice inside: A practical guide for and about people who hear voices
Paul Baker, P&P Books
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.
This edition includes new sections on talking to voices; recovery practice; hearing voices and schizophrenia; children and hearing voices.
Psychosis as a Personal Crisis: An Experience-Based Approach
Marius Romme & Sandra Escher, ISPS, 2012
“In the entire book, there is a laudable effort to free voice hearers from social silence and stigma, and to promote their participation in self-help groups and forums with other persons who live with or lived through similar experiences.
For this reason, this book is also of fundamental value for the persons who hear voices, for their family and friends. It is also necessary reading for any person interested in this innovating therapeutic avant-garde approach because the Hearing Voices Movement is one of social liberation.” – Manuel González de Chávez, From the Foreword.
Accepting Voices: A New Approach to Voice-hearing Outside the Illness Model
By M. Romme & S. Escher. Mind, 1993.
This acclaimed book illustrates how many people who hear voices come to terms with their experience without recourse to psychiatry.
The book focuses on techniques for dealing with voices, emphasising the importance of personal growth.
Children Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do
Dr Sandra Escher and Dr Marius Romme (2010) PCCS Books
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 of accepting and working with the meaning of voices.
Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience
John Watkins, Michelle Anderson Publications (2008)
This book 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.
A beautiful book which will be very valuable for people hearing voices.
Professor Marius Romme (Co-founder, Hearing Voices Movement)
Hearing Voices : Contesting the Voice of Reason
by Lisa Blackman. Free Association, Books 2001.
Editor’s Book Description:
The hearing of voices is generally regarded as a pathological phenomenon, a form of mental illness. This belief in the pathology of hearing voices underpins the diagnostic systems of psychology and psychiatry and most forms of treatment. Hearing Voices, however, would appear to be far more common than often believed. Drawing on her research with the Hearing Voices Network the author reveals how many voice hearers are not suffering from mental illness, and that voice hearers who develop non-psychiatric explanations of their voices may live with them quite well. The pathological consequences of voice hearing are, to a large extent it seems, linked up with the social and psychiatric reaction to the experience. Lisa Blackman has written an important book that bears directly on some of the central assumptions of psychology and psychiatry and questions our understanding of ourselves as rational autonomous human beings.
See review by Ralph E. Hoffman MD in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 160:2072, November 2003
About the Author Lisa Blackman is Lecturer in the Psychology of Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity – Studies of Verbal Hallucinations
by 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, signaling ‘psychosis’ or ‘schizoprenia’.
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.
The Dialectics of Schizophrenia
by Phil Thomas, Free Association Books, 1997
Philip Thomas argues that the most fundamental problem presented to those who suffer from schizophrenia – that their experiences are not ‘understandable’ – arises through psychiatrists’ over-reliance on a flawed interpretation of nineteenth century phenomenology. In particular, the author presents his own recent work with people who hear voices and demonstrates that their experiences are thoroughly understandable placed in the context of an individual’s life history and social and cultural factors.
Stimmenhoeren – Botschaften aus einer inneren Welt
(Hearing Voices – Messages from an Inner World)
by Irene Stratenwerth and Thomas Bock, Kabel Verlag, 2002.
This book gives a comprehensive overview about the experience of hearing voices by taking into account what voice hearers say and how they cope with their voices.
It is only available in German.
Entendre des Voix: Guide Pratique
by Paul Baker, Mouvement Les Sans-Voix/Association Ecrivains, Poetes & Cie, 1999
French language translation of the introductory booklet to hearing voices, “The Voice inside” by Paul Baker. Published by the Mouvement Les Sans-Voix/Association Ecrivains, Poetes & Cie, Geneve, ISBN 2-88462-038-9. To order, write to: Mouvement Les Sans-Voix, Case postale, 235, CH – 1211, Geneve 17 or email Theresa Krummenacher [email protected]