The Science & Significance of Hearing Voices

Can't You Hear Them?
The Science and Significance of Hearing Voices
by Simon McCarthy-Jones
Available in paperback
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 21, 2017

GoodReads Summary:  
The experience of 'hearing voices', once associated with lofty prophetic communications, has fallen low. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. Yet an alternative account, forged predominantly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life events. There is an urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding 'voice hearing'.

Simon McCarthy-Jones considers neuroscience, genetics, religion, history, politics and not least the experiences of many voice hearers themselves. This enables him to challenge established and seemingly contradictory understandings and to create a joined-up explanation of voice hearing that is based on evidence rather than ideology.

My Review:  
This eARC was provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

I read about 30 percent of this book quite thoroughly and skimmed the rest of it. I had to be honest with you about that. This book was over my head in understanding of the scientific aspects of the conditions discussed and the treatments proposed. There are large parts of the book that I could understand, particularly in the first 20 percent of the book. The author discussed things in more layman's terms and used a lot of case studies for examples to illustrate his points.

The author is making the point that hearing voices in diagnosed schizophrenia cases is most likely caused by some type of trauma, physical or emotional. He uses many case studies to support his theory before he goes into the ideas of how to treat such conditions.

This book could be helpful to many people struggling with the after-effects of TBI or PTSD, to possibly understand their own conditions and situations. However, it seems like the level of scientific knowledge required to really understand would mean you'd need your doctor on hand to interpret much of it and discuss it with you. Not exactly light reading.