In the sciences ‘love’ is often treated in a way that appears to take literally its status as a four letter word. Indeed, in leading works on hallucinations this word is often more effectively excluded than any expletive.
But does this matter? Do we need to think about love in order to understand and explain the experience of hearing voices?
Along with my colleague Larry Davidson at Yale University, I have just published a new paper which gives a resounding ‘yes’ in response to this question.
Any feedback would be very welcome!