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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into voice hearing, 5 May 2011
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This book is a sympathetic and intellectual insight into the experience of voice hearing that is little understood. Daniel B Smith recounts stories of historical figures who have heard voices with panache and links the experience of hearing voices to every one of us while creating an interesting and entertaining read. If you hear voices this is a particularly valuable book giving consolation and an uplifting feeling to what can be a very difficult condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars compassionate enquiry into voice hearing, 7 Oct 2010
This review is from: Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity (Paperback)
For anyone interested in voice hearing Daniel Smith, a journalist and wonderful guide, leads you on a journey in his own attempt to understand and experience voice hearing, whilst stopping along the way to explore poetry, current and past controversies about voice hearing and auditory hallucinations, the voice hearing movement aka Romme and Jaynes. The last chapters explore the influence of voice hearing in three culturally iconic historical figures, including Socrates, that bastion of logical enquiry. The chapter on religion and the role of the 'voice' of god is particularly good and overall the author presents a subtle and sophisticated gentle humane voice to the literature on this human phenomenon without pathologizing it. Also recommended by James Hillman in a recent lecture which encouraged me to read it.
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