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Like how to deal with them when they won't shut up and when they command you to do things? Actually can you recommend anything on hearing voices?
 
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There's a book called 'Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience' by John Watkins that reportedly has 20 ways to cope with voices.

I bought the book but didn't get past chapter one yet.

Another book that I've read from cover to cover is 'Living with Voices - 50 Stories of Recovery' by Prof Marius Romme et al.

But when dealing with commanding voices the only thing you can really do is apply willpower, the more you do what they say the more they will command you, I treat mine like a naughty child, I reinforce positive behaviour and punish bad.

The more he behaves the more I take on his suggestions on what to do as long as those suggestions are within reason and don't break my code of ethics, the more he misbehaves the less I listen to him. If he wants to be a part of my life he has to do it on my terms or not at all.

As far as not shutting up goes mine hardly ever stops talking or singing but my medication turns his volume down to a more bearable level, like turning the volume on a stereo down from 10 to 1. They took all the stress out of hearing him.
 
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I believe voices are spirits particularly in my experience and as a Christian I found the Good Book especially good for understanding the duality of voices and how to deal with them. For ignoring commands the Temptation of Christ which you can look up on wikipedia shows just how to do that.

After reading the NT from cover to cover following an awakening and then practising what it preached I attained peace. After a year one morning lying in bed I felt an 'energy' leave my forehead and I've felt better ever since.

I am not proselytising in case anyone thinks that, just stating fact from my own experience in the effort it may help someone and I won't mind being ignored.
 
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