“A Preliminary Taxonomy of the Voices Inside Your Head”

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The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest reports on growing efforts to understand the voices that virtually everyone hears in their heads.

One recent study, Research Digest states, “found that the participants’ descriptions of their inner voices clustered into four distinct categories.” These categories included “Faithful Friend” voices which “were associated with strength and unity and positive emotion,” and “Ambivalent Parent” voices that were associated with “strength and love, but also ambivalence or negativity to the participant’s irresponsible ideas.” Other common types of voices were “Proud Rival” and “Calm Optimist.”

A preliminary taxonomy of the voices inside your head (BPS Research Digest, May 19, 2015)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Someone needs to inform the U.S. psychologists and psychiatrists that most people think through their problems via internal dialog, because the U.S. doctors have delusions these thoughts, gut instincts, and dream queries are “psychosis.”

    And, trust me, tranquilizing a person to get rid of one’s normal thoughts is a bad thing. Because the neuroleptics seemingly put actual “voices” of one’s enemies in a person’s head. And I understand psychiatrists believe putting the “voices” of the people who abused your children in your head is “appropriate medical care.” But in reality, it’s quite grotesque.

    At least I found an oral surgeon who understood “antipsychotics don’t cure concerns of child abuse,” since no psychiatrist I met was intelligent enough to comprehend this reality.

    What’s good is the evil “voices” do go away once weaned off all the psych drugs, and one is once again left with just one’s inner thoughts and a “voice” of reason, or common sense. All the antipsychotics are torture drugs.

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