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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. Focuses on techniques for dealing with voices, emphasising the importance of personal growth.

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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.

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.

Understanding Voices – Coping with Auditory Hallucinations and Confusing Realities

M. Romme & S. Escher et al, Handsell Publications

A collection of papers regarding the original research by Romme and Escher, who founded the Hearing Voices movement. The book covers three articles;

The first is a study of an experiment in which people with auditory hallucinations were brought into contact with and described their experiences to each other.

The second is a paper covering a pilot study comparing people who heard voices either diagnosed as schizophrenic, or as having an affective disorder, which concludes that hearing voices is not primarily an incomprehensible symptom of an illness but more a personal way of coping with personal problems.

The third article covers extensive research on the main results of the comparative study of three groups with auditory hallucinations. Following the conclusion, Romme, Escher and Hage include the ‘Maastricht Interview’ schedule, which has been used during their research, and is currently used in therapy.

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‘Gek genoeg gewoon Een andere visie op stemmen horen en beelden zien’

by Tilly Gerritsma/Titus Rivas, Deventer Price, 2007, Netherlands.

Book Description:
The phenomenon of hearing voices and seeing images or visions is much more widespread than is commonly thought. Nonetheless, mainstream psychiatry continues to treat such hallucinations as evidence for a mental disorder. ‘Gek genoeg gewoon’ tries to show how outdated this view actually is. Experiential expert Tilly Gerritsma describes her personal process of hearing voices and related phenomena, and how she learnt to deal with them, through the aid of ‘the voice’. She shows that hearing voices can be seen as an opportunity for both psychological and emotional as well as spiritual growth.

Psychologist and philosopher Titus Rivas gives a comprehensive survey of theories about hallucinations. He endorses approaches that offer resistance to a one-sided biopsychiatric view, such as social psychiatry, and emphasizes the reality and normality of paranormal experiences. Hearing voices: an opportunity for emotional and spiritual growth!

About the authors
Tilly Gerritsma (1953) is a mother of four sons. She’s a member of the staff of Stichting Weerklank, and a counselor, and she also gives lectures and workshops about hearing voices and extrasensory experiences.

Titus Rivas, MA (1964) is an author, researcher and teacher. He’s affiliated to Athanasia Foundation in Nijmegen. Ankh-Hermes previously published his book ‘Parapsychologisch onderzoek naar reïncarnatie en leven na de dood’ .

152 pages., pb. Dutch Ankh-Hermes, Deventer Price ca. € 12,50 ISBN 978 90 202 8464 5

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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.

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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.

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Working with Voices – Victim to Victor, 2nd Edition

by Ron Coleman & Mike Smith. P&P Press Limited, 2006.

The new, second edition, 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.

Working with voices!! Victim to victor: Evaluation of a Mentored Self-Help Intervention for the Management of Psychotic Symptoms
Results from research study show that using the “Working with voices!!” workbook led to statistically significant improvement in the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) factor Anxious Depression for Intervention group participants, over those in the Comparison group.

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Recovery – An Alien Concept, 2nd Edition

by by Ron Coleman. P&P Press Limited, 1999

An exploration of the concept of recovery by Ron Coleman, including 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.

In these pages the reader may feel the pain of those for whom the present system has failed, feel the inspiration and joy of those who have recovered, and the desire to make recovery a reality for all in this new millennium.

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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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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.

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‘Dedication to the seven: hearing voices in dance’ and ‘Catatonia’

by Louise Pembroke, Mind, 2007.

‘Dedication to the seven: hearing voices in dance’ (DVD – new edition, featuring a new film of the dance ‘Catatonia’)

This new edition of this best-selling DVD features not only ‘Dedication to the seven’, a moving sixteen-minute film of Louise Pembroke’s dance about her experience of hearing voices, but also ‘Catatonia’, a dance which deals with her experience of catatonic states.

The DVD comes with an accompanying booklet containing a wealth of information that will help you understand more about the background to both of the dances.

It is useful as an educational tool to professionals who work with voice hearers, and empowering viewing and reading for all voice hearers.

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Meine Stimmen – Quaelgeister und Schutzengel. Texte einer engagierten Stimmenhoererin

(“My Voices – Pest and Guardian Angels. Texts of a Committed Voice Hearer”)
by Hannelore Klafki, Antipsychiatrieverlag, 2006.

This is the document of an unusual woman. It includes her passionate texts on hearing voices, her unveiled biographical memories, her texts critisicing psychiatry and her expressive sculptures.
“…my voices educated me to become a power woman. At some point I decided to stop being a victim.”
Hannelore Klafki died too early in September 2005, so this book is in memory of her life and work within the hearing voices movement. Only available in German.

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Ausbruch aus dem Angstkäfig – Ein Stimmenhörer berichtet

(Escaping from the Cage of Fear – A Voice Hearer’s Report)
by Andreas Gehrke, Paranus Verlag, 2003.

For over 10 years Andreas Gehrke fought with intrusive voices from heaven and hell. In more than 15 psychotic episodes they held him in their power. This book is an amazingly precise and enlightening account of his struggles with his frightening world of voices – and his escape from his “cage of fear”. It is only available in German.

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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.

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Recovery – Das Ende der Unheilbarkeit

by Michaela Amering und Margit Schmolke, Psychiatrie Verlag, 2007.

“Vorhersagen sind schwierig, besonders, wenn sie sie Zukunft betreffen.” (Karl Valentin).
Das gilt auch für die Schizophrenie. Mit den Daten der Verlaufsforschung wird nicht nur das seit 100 Jahren tradierte falsche Diktum der Unheilbarkeit von Schizophrenie ad acta gelegt, sondern auch ihrer Gesundheit. Persönliche Erfahrungen (…) sind sehr wichtig für die Entwicklung von neuen Behandlungsansätzen. Genesung – Recovery – definiert sich dabei weniger durch die Abwesenheit von symptomen als durch den Zugewinn an Lebensqualität.
Allen Genesenden gemeinsam ist die Erfahrung, dass sie die Hoffnung auf Besserung nie aufgegeben haben. Ihre Botschaft: Hoffnung macht Sinn. Es ist die wichtigste Aufgabe psychiatrischer Träger überhaupt, die Hoffnung auf Besserung und Genesung zu erhalten und die psychischen Widerstandskräfte zu stärken.

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Escape, enlightenment and endurance

by Hermione Thornhill, Linda Clare, Rufus May, Anthropology & Medicine, Routledge, Issue: Volume 11, Number 2 / August 2004, Pages: 181 – 199

This paper reports findings from a study which analysed the narratives of individuals who described themselves as recovered or recovering from psychosis, a term referring to experiences such as hearing voices other people do not hear, seeing or sensing things other people do not see or sense, holding unusual beliefs (delusions) or beliefs about the malevolent intention of others which seem unwarranted (paranoia). A narrative approach was taken since it allows for a focus on the construction of meaning and it is the breakdown of shared meanings which, at least in part, defines psychotic experience. It was also anticipated that the way the individual narrated their experience would offer important clues as to how they (and others) had facilitated the recovery process. This paper reports on the analysis of genre, tone and core narratives. Three distinct genres emerged from the analysis: narratives of escape, enlightenment and endurance. There was a relationship between genre, tone and core narrative. The study raises questions about how psychosis is experienced, understood and treated by the individual, by mental health professionals and by society.

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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]

2 responses to “More Books”

  1. Joe Boyer

    I am a mental health counselor & I have a client who has been suffering from hearing voices for many years. Lately they have been calling her Satan and other derogatory names. She has been seeing a psychiatrist and taking anti psychotic medications without much help. I am searching for alternatives to help her cope with the voices more effectively. Any suggestions?

  2. Titus Rivas

    Hello everybody,

    Our book Gek Genoeg Gewoon listed on your website under More Books, has finally been translated into English. In English, it is called: “It’s really rather normal”. It can be bought via, both as a paperback and as an e-book:

    “Hearing voices or seeing images is much more common than one might think. Nevertheless, mainstream psychiatry still approaches such ‘hallucinations’ as signs of a mental disorder. This book shows how outdated this view really is. Experiential expert Tilly Gerritsma shares her experiences with hearing voices and related phenomena and describes how she has learned to deal with them, helped by her main, positive voice. She shows that hearing voices may offer a potential for psychological, emotional, and spiritual growth. Psychologist and philosopher Titus Rivas gives a concise overview of theories about hallucinations. He rejects one-sided bio-psychiatric theories and favors alternatives, such as social psychiatry. He stresses the reality and normality of psychic phenomena. People with paranormal experiences have not gone mad.”

    We’d appreciate it if you could add this information to the website.

    Best wishes,

    Titus Rivas

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