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The experience of hearing voices: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Knudson, B and Coyle, A (2002) The experience of hearing voices: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Existential Analysis, 13. pp. 117-134.


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This article presents an analysis of two case studies of people who hear voices. In accordance with a phenomenological approach, the meanings which the participants attribute to their voices are highlighted in the analysis (specifically in relation to the nature and origin of the voices) and the influence which these interpretations have on their efforts at managing and reducing their disruptive effects is explored. It is concluded that if this analysis has accessed general processes in voice hearers’ experiences, therapeutic practitioners may need to work with voice hearers in promoting psychologically satisfying meaning-making around their experiences, from which contextualised responses to managing the voices can be developed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Knudson, B
Date : 1 January 2002
Additional Information : Published in Existential Analysis, 13, 117-134. Existential Analysis is published by the Society for Existential Analysis.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:43
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:02

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