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There are many kinds of voices this is a list of some that may be common to voice hearers and some that may not be so common.

Narrators

Narrators state every thought you have either in the first, second or third person viewpoint. For example, they might say "I am typing these words," as I think them in my head while I'm typing them out. To some they are just a nuisance, but to others it can seem as though government agents are following them everywhere they go.

Commanders

Commanders tell you what to do and may add a warning or threat to you or someone you care about, if you do not comply. For example, they might tell you something as simple as "wash you face." Other times they may tell you seriously harm yourself or other people. It is important to know the difference between doing mundane everyday things and doing things that may harm you or others.

Screamers

Screamers may just yell inaudible noises or words. There are different kind of screams some sound painful others sound angry and anywhere in between. They may be very difficult to cope with and one may have severe headaches as a result. I used to have a screamer which no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t calm her down. So, I enlisted the other voices which I was able to talk to to console her and she stopped screaming within a day or so.

Singers

Singers can sing solo or as a group or choir. For me, they are one of the most pleasant parts of hearing voices. But for many, they can repeat over and over, seemingly endlessly. More complex singers are interactive, meaning that you can make changes to their lyrics on the fly or to the melody they are singing. This is great if you are trying to create music. It can be hard to get them to switch off and it can be hard to think of silence. Relaxation techniques may help in this regard.

Instrumentals

Instrumentals are various instruments. Most common for me are acoustic bass and a jazzy drum set. But sometimes a saxophone or other brass instruments. For some though they can be more than annoying, repeating endlessly in loops or easily triggered by songs on the radio. For others they are a pleasant controlled experience used to create music and refine compositions.

Tonals

Tonals are seemingly simple voices that do not use words and may use beeps and bops such as those on a cellphone. If they become communicative, they may change their patterns to communicate different feelings. For example, a slow rhythm, with a low sound might be interpreted as sad or sombre. While a fast rhythm and a high sound might be interpreted as happy.

Touchers

These are voices that communicate through touch. They can be soft or hard, blunt or sharp for example. If these become communicative, they may communicate by changing their texture to convey their feelings. For example, they may feel soft and viscous when relaxed. Or they have a pointed drilling sensation when they are trying to get your attention. How you perceive these voices as a threat or support may depend largely on their texture.

Sensors

There are other voice types that use smell and taste in the same way as touchers. A person may have some or all of these types but being aware of them is not always easy. Food may taste or smell bad when it is actually ok, for instance. In my opinion, sensors are quite advanced and may be quite taxing to the person sensing them.

Technicals

Similar to tonals, technical may take on the sound of appliances or devices. For example, I often hear the sound of a camera shutter as a photo is taken. Or they may blend in with appliances like a fan or fridge. I often hear a bubbling sound behind the fridge and can perceive words coming from the bubbling sound. Similar experiences can be had with electric fans and TVs.

Familiars

Familiars are voices that sound like people we know. Voices may be very good at imitating people’s voices but may not be so good at imitating their characters. It’s good to check what the voices are saying with what you know someone you know will actually say. By checking things like wording and tone you may be able to differentiate between a voice acting as someone you know and the real person.

Unfamiliars

Unfamiliars are voices that sound like people you’ve not met before. They may have their own character and back story. They can have a wide range of personalities and their own issues they are dealing with. It’s important to know that voices can do this as it might be easy to think that the neighbours are playing tricks on us or we might get wound up at people we don’t know and they may have nothing to do with what’s happening. The experience can be so real that it is believable, but knowing that voices can sound like unfamiliar people can help us to take a step back before doing something we might regret.

As you might see, voices can be varied and complex. For many it is not a pleasant experience because it can induce paranoia and conspiracy theorising. However, if you know these things in advance it can help you to not “follow the white rabbit” so-to-speak. On the other hand, some may find the experience pleasant, this too can get out of hand if you let it. This is a balancing act and one must learn to skilfully walk a tight rope, but knowledge is like the bar that will help us maintain our balance and maybe eventually learn ways to make the tight rope into a wide see-through platform, giving us insight and awareness to the possible dangers so we might negotiate our way on our journey.
 
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Wow, I never knew there were so many!

Where did you get this from?


I can relate to most of them. Just not the machine sounds or tones.

They all blend into one with me though.


One thing I had is someone I know from work singing a manic street preachers song at me going "drinking, water to stay thin".

When I next saw them at work, I sang this song to them. They didn't know the song at all. They didn't even know who the manic street preachers were. They then thought I was high and dobbed me in for coming to work high. (I have not ever taken drugs!)
 
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I have spoken to many voice hearers on here but also my own experience of hearing voices. These are just terms I gave to the different kinds of voices. I'm glad some of them make sense for you, no doubt others may have their own words to describe some of these types.

Sorry about your job, can see why they would react that way, but also your side as well.
 
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For me, when the hearing voices flare up pretty badly, it's hard for me to decipher which sort they are - the voice is mostly very muffled, not too clear, or a large group of gathering of voices, all jumbled up.


It's interesting that they have come up with singing, because, sadly, in view of my communication difficulities, apart from mental health ailments, I pleasantly, in my head, recite, or remember pieces of musicals, or easy listening, as a way for me, to help me prepare self to be understood propery and correctly through speech.

So I feel that music, in it's many forms, songs in partiucular, are a proven and benefiical and soothing method for me.
 
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I would also add that voices come in a wide range of personality complexity. The simplest voices do nothing more than repeat certain phrases, other voices are capable of simple responses, and yet other voices are capable of seeing your memories and having logical arguments. The most complex voices I have come across had their own emotional life, and a range of emotional responses as well as some logical capability.

Thematic diversity is a separate area in my view. Most voices that I have heard would talk about a very limited range of subjects, and I could often tell that a voice was unusual or more capable when it strayed noticeably outside the usual set of themes. Although there was often a feeling that they talked among themselves with a bit more complexity, lol.

And I have come across Touchers who could communicate by tapping in a kind of rhythm of words. The stream of taps would become interpretable as a stream of words, somehow.

Also one area where I have noticed even complex voices being weak is in maths, even simple mathematical questions can lead them to just guess an answer. I also have never heard a voice say "I don't know"... If pressed for an answer they become evasive.

Perhaps a good thread to sticky?
 
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I would also add that voices come in a wide range of personality complexity. The simplest voices do nothing more than repeat certain phrases, other voices are capable of simple responses, and yet other voices are capable of seeing your memories and having logical arguments. The most complex voices I have come across had their own emotional life, and a range of emotional responses as well as some logical capability.

Thematic diversity is a separate area in my view. Most voices that I have heard would talk about a very limited range of subjects, and I could often tell that a voice was unusual or more capable when it strayed noticeably outside the usual set of themes. Although there was often a feeling that they talked among themselves with a bit more complexity, lol.

Also one area where I have noticed even complex voices being weak is in maths, even simple mathematical questions can lead them to just guess an answer. I also have never heard a voice say "I don't know"... If pressed for an answer they become evasive.

Perhaps a good thread to sticky?
I agree Kerome that they vary in the complexity of their personalities. I've had familiars that sound like doctors I know and they did accurate versions of them. I've also had unfamiliars sitting in a circle in the room, they were all religious leaders trying to explain their way of life to me, a very fascinating experience.

They used to say they didn't talk amongst themselves to me, like a rule they had. But as weve all come so far now, I often tell them to look after each other and to talk amongst themselves.

I've also seen in some people that some voices seem to be unaware of other voices within the same person, as though they were compartmentalised in little cubicles inside the mind.

Thanks for your contributions Kerome, they are very informative.
 
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What about voices who tell you things you don't know........
 
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Yes, when I was psychotic I knew something was going to happen before it happened. And it did happen. A relationship between the man I liked and a woman I know whose voice I heard. And they tried to keep it quiet. But I knew already because of my psychosis. So it can be useful to have it sometimes.
 
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There is precognition.

There are also voices which just tell you information. For example, what a person's name is, where they live, what their telephone number is, where they work. These are informers.

Helpful voices, too. These can help you to find your way when you don't know where you are going, for example.
 
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I have a question my voices at first we had scenarios games some had horrific endings mostly about what heaven is like and the worst i believed them day and night and yet i had no rings round my eyes i was awake most of the night no sleep sometimes and they seemed to love that my query is that they can actually move me like spasms so it is sometimes hard to not believe they are there put thoughts into my head and i dont mean voices they make me laugh uncontrollably i dont know if it is me subconciously allowing them to share my mind one does not know the rules
 
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I would say the most type of voices I hear are guiding, especially when lost.
I think that could be your spirit guide. I get this too at times. When I am really down, he cheers me up with some jokes or dry analysis.
 
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There are a lot of really funny things that go on inside my head. I think I could not possibly come up with that. It always happens during psychosis. Lots of funny links. I end up laughing a lot but don't realise I am on my own and people might think I'm weird for laughing at seemingly nothing.
 
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