When discussing voice hearing, news media most often link the phenomenon to “criminal behavior, violence, and suicidality,” according to a study in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. “The majority of articles examined contained no suggestion that [auditory verbal hallucinations] are possible in psychologically healthy individuals,” concluded author and Felician College psychologist Ruvanee Vilhauer.
“The results were sobering,” stated a Psychology Today post about the study when it was first published early online last year. “84% of the articles contained no suggestion that voice-hearing can be ‘normal’… Most of the articles (81.8%) connected voice-hearing to mental illness. In some cases, auditory verbal hallucinations were simply equated with insanity. Some articles linked voice-hearing to a tragic lack of control… Another common assumption was that hallucinations are frightening…”
Vilhauer, Ruvanee P. “Depictions of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations in News Media.” International Journal of Social Psychiatry 61, no. 1 (February 1, 2015): 58–63. doi:10.1177/0020764014535757. (Abstract) (Full text on Academia.edu)
The Voices Within (Psychology Today, June 8, 2014)