What do we mean by ‘hearing voices’?
When we talk about ‘hearing voices’ we are referring to experiences where someone hears, sees or senses something that other people don’t. It can include:
- Hearing someone speak when other people can’t
- Hearing music, noises or sounds that other people can’t hear
- Seeing something other people can’t see (often called having a ‘vision’)
- Feeling something on, or under, your skin that is hard to explain and/or others might say has no physical cause
- Smelling something other people can’t
- Tasting something that others, eating or drinking the same substance, would not taste
- Sensing someone else’s presence, when others cannot
- Having people you can speak to that others cannot see or hear
This sections shares a few aspects of the experience of hearing voices, but is not intended to be comprehensive. We hope that it gives you some food for thought and, hopefully, signposts you to some useful resources.
Why Might People Hear Voices?
A range of ideas and explanations
Voices as a Gift
Exploring some of the ways voices can benefit someone’s life
Coping with Difficult Voices & Visions
Some strategies and ideas that can help
Supporting Friends & Family
A good place to start if your loved one is hearing voices