Why do some people 'hear voices' saying negative things? Good question. Here are our musings on this, in a new paper published this month. It is free-to-read, thanks to the support of the Wellcome Trust. Just click on the image below to access it.
The Shock of the Fall. Nathan Filer. 2014. 320pp. ISBN: 978-0007491452 Review by Simon McCarthy-Jones We bury our dead six feet down, but their memory lies in a shallower grave. Memories inflated with guilt rise irresistibly. They bob against the surface of our mind. They will not be pushed down. They must be let … Continue reading The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: Book review and analysis
Emily’s Voices. Emily Knoll. 2017. 207pp. ISBN: 978-1-9998638-0-7 Book review by Simon McCarthy-Jones Emily’s Voices is a memoir by Emily Knoll. The title refers to the voices that this eloquent young author hears, which others cannot. To me, the book appears to have four aims. The first is to communicate what the often misunderstood phenomenon … Continue reading Book review: Emily’s Voices by Emily Knoll
Asylum. Greg Ralls. 2017. 110pp. ISBN: 978-0-648-13850-1 Asylum, the second memoir by the Australian engineer, husband, author, father, and recipient of a schizophrenia diagnosis, Greg Ralls, advertises itself as the story of his detention in an UK immigration removal centre. This event does indeed form a key part of the book and the author makes … Continue reading Book review: Asylum by Greg Ralls
'Hearing voices' can occur in asylum seekers. The voices may arise from traumas they suffered in the country they fled. They may also arise from fears caused by the asylum system in the country they seek refuge in. What the voices say can make sense, given what the person is going through. Safety and community … Continue reading “What he hears is normal, it’s his fear”
A new blog from me entitled: "Brain stimulation can boost creativity – but could it also help you hear inspirational voices?” It ranges from neurostimulation and voice-hearing to Terence McKenna and Tulpamancy, Hilary Mantel and the Air Force. I hope you find it stimulating. SMJ
I published a new paper this month about whether shame has the potential to be hallucinogenic. The paper is Open Access and hence free to read, so if you're interested, here's the link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01310/full Any feedback is very welcome. SMJ