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Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity : Studies of Verbal Hallucinations - Ivan Leudar

Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity

Studies of Verbal Hallucinations

Paperback Published: 6th April 2000
ISBN: 9780415147873
Number Of Pages: 233

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Records of people experiencing verbal hallucinations or 'hearing voices' can be found throughout history. Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity examines almost 2,800 years of these reports including Socrates, Schreber and Pierre Janet's "Marcelle," to provide a clear understanding of the experience and how it may have changed over the millenia. Through six cases of historical and contemporary voice hearers, Leudar and Thomas demonstrate how the experience has metamorphosed from being a sign of virtue to a sign of insanity, signalling such illnesses as schizophrenia or dissociation.
They argue that the experience is interpreted by the voice hearer according to social categories conveyed through language, and is therefore best studied as a matter of language use. Controversially, they conclude that 'hearing voices' is an ordinary human experience which is unfortunately either mystified or pathologised.
Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity offers a fresh perspective on this enigmatic experience and will be of interest to students, researchers and clinicians alike.

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"[Leudar and Thomas] are able to establish some useful principles for separating hallucinated voices from usual social discourse. [Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity] exhibits good cohesiveness...I suspect that it may become a classic of psychological literature. I would recommend it to anyone who works with individuals who hallucinate.." -John J. Haggerty, Jr., M.D., Psychiatric Services, A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association, March 2003 "This is an extremely interesting book in that it presents an historical overview of the way that voice hearing experiences have been written about, described, experienced and debated. It culminates with recent data that the authors (a psychologist and a psychiatrist) have collected on modern day voice hearers accounts of their voices in terms of pragmatic analysis of their characters." -Journal of Coginitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, Fall 2001

The Daemon of Socrates
On the History of the Concept of Hallucination
The Sign of Socrates
What the Daemon of Socrates Could Do With Words
The Gods of Achilles
Julian Jaynes on Gods and Voices
Social Action in the Iliad
The Gods and Heroes in the Iliad
The Voices of Achilles
The Souls of Daniel Paul Schreber
Pragmatics of Schreber's Supernatural World
Mixing Metaphors in the Court
Pierre Janet on Verbal Hallucinations: The Case of Marcelle
Pragmatists on Self
William James on Consciousness Of Self
Mead on Socially Reflexive Self
Are Voices Mutations Of Self?
Verbal Hallucinations in Contemporary Psychiatry
Hearing Voices and Psychopathology
Voices and Therapists
Working with Voices
The Participants
Dialogical Properties
Dialogical Properties of Peg's Voices. Follow-up
The Frenzy of Anthony Smith: Hearing Voices in English National Newspapers
Voices in English National Newspapers
The Frenzy of Anthony Smith
Voices in the House of Commons
Voice-talk
On What Voices Do With Words
On Mundane Reality Testing
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415147873
ISBN-10: 0415147875
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 233
Published: 6th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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