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A qualitative investigation into non-clinical voice hearing: what factors may protect against distress?

Taylor, Greg and Murray, Craig (2012) A qualitative investigation into non-clinical voice hearing: what factors may protect against distress? Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 15 (4). pp. 373-388. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

A total of six individuals who identified themselves as “mediums” (people who perceive themselves as able to “communicate” with “spirit” or the deceased) and who reported hearing the voice of spirit (or “Clairaudience”) as a routine part of their work as mediums were interviewed about their experiences using a semi-structured interview format. Interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. The resulting three themes suggest that the experience of “Clairaudience” is broadly akin to the “voice hearing” experience. Participants’ explanations of these experiences in terms of “communicating with spirit” appeared to reduce anxiety and distress, added meaning and purpose to their lives and conferred ways to “discipline” or “control” their experiences to avoid intrusiveness, being overwhelmed or to manage negative experiences. The implications for clinical treatment of distressing voice hearing are considered in terms of existing literature around voice hearing.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: voice hearing ; experience ; clairaudience ; interpretive phenomenological analysis ; culture ; spiritualism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 57320
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2012 09:06
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2014 16:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57320

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