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Coping with Voice Hearing: Tips for Carers, Friends and Family


 

Information about voices for voice hearers, practitioners and carers   click here to read more...


Voices are usually associated with:

  • Intolerable or unsatisfying living conditions
  • Recent traumas (e.g. bereavement, loss of job)
  • Future aspirations or trials
  • Childhood trauma or abuse
  • Emotional intolerance and control (from family/home environment)

Romme & Escher have found significant differences between coping styles in terms of the balance of power between the hearer and the voices.

 

Good Copers

  • Saw themselves as 'stronger' than the voices
  • Experienced more positive voices
  • Experienced less imperative(commanding) voices
  • Set more limits to voices
  • Listened selectively to voices
  • Communicated more often about their voices (shared their experiences with trusted others)

Poor Copers

  • Saw themselves as weaker than the voices
  • Experienced more negative voices
  • Experienced more imperative(commanding) voices
  • Did not dare set limits on voices
  • Tried to escapes from voices using distraction techniques

Copers are stronger, less threatened and more supported than non-copers

 

Kate Edgar