Although some people may have had them since they were young, often a voice hearing crisis can be quite sudden and unsettling. Also, by reading the experiences of individual voice hearers there are similar patterns that can be seen regarding the overall themes and patterns of behaviour of the voices.
Here is a personal account of living with hearing voices from one of our members: My Journey With Hearing Voices
Types of Voices
There are the Narrators, the voices that give a running commentary of every thought and action and it seems that second and third person are more likely to unsettle a person and get them believing in a conspiracy against them. Narrators say things like ‘He is typing,’ or ‘John is looking at the computer screen,’ or ‘Did he say that out loud?’.
There are the Commanders, the voices that tell a person what to do and if the the command does not seem like it’s harmful a person might do it as a test to verify what the voices are telling them. Commanders may gain more influence over a person the more they are listened to. It can be tricky sometimes because commanders may use things you usually do, such as washing or going shopping, as a command. It is important that you stick to your normal pattern of doing things, otherwise it could cause you doubt yourself and commanders might take advantage of your indecisiveness.
There are the Interrogators, the voices that question a person tirelessly while draining a person of their self-confidence and will-power. They may dig up a person’s history and accuse them of things ranging from somewhat truthful to outright lies. The challenge here is getting enough rest because the onslaught may continue while you sleep or when you wake up.
These are just three of the many kinds of voices that appear to feature in voice hearer’s experiences. In advanced cases some voice hearers may also see, feel, taste and smell things that others cannot. This can be a very difficult experience for a person and often friends and family may not understand how the voices may be affecting their loved one. There is hope and it can come from the voices themselves.
There is Hope
Some people live with their voices quite successfully. Some have never felt overwhelmed by the voices. Their voices are quite peaceful and settled. So reading or hearing of their experiences may give a clue as to how to cope with the more overwhelming kind of voices.
The difference between those who cope and who do not cope with voices appears to be about how much power a person thinks they have over the voices and how much power they think the voices have over them. This is what appears to distinguish t