Manual for “voices hearer” and people next to them.
Discover how to manage, in the right way, voices or hearers.
The “Managing Voices Manual”, by “Hearing Voices” Association, is the result of 20 years of work next to hearers and their families, by Cristina Contini. Cases of success, hearing method and techniques to improve quality of life and create virtuous behaviours that can offer a concrete aid for hearers.
Rasing awarness, training and support for voices hearers
“Hearing Voices” is an association that has the name of a huge reality and does not address the issue of the voices with traditional criteria and resources. It aims to promote information and training activities, conventions and awareness program regarding existential, psychological, social, health and spiritual problems for people of all ages, who may or may not hear voices. The Association “Hearing Voices” created a proper and operational team and a scientific committee dedicated to ensuring greater and dynamic intervention and – throughout a lot of effective strategies – examine, handle or remove voices.
MANAGING VOICES MANUAL
This manual has the aim to offer effective strategies to deal with voices to anybody who hears them or has a relationship with someone who does. The term “ managing ” seems to be harsh, but it symbolises the very essence of our project: how to became able to manage, to stand in front of the voices, to deal with them and not just smother and/or silence voices, refusing comprehension of what they are and why they’re heard.This manual can make the difference, offering change and good transformation to self-esteem of those who hear voices. As well as voices’ words originate emotions, thoughts and feelings, then I intend to let people discover that acting energetically on their own thoughts and feelings, they can change their behaviour and solve problems generated by voices.“When hear improves became eye” (Rumi, Persian poet and mystic of XIII century) Voices hearers have the feeling to live in a different dimension, a dimension so abnormal that can be overwhelming, requiring all attention of the person involved, with a high risk to lose contact and power on his\her everyday life. Specialist scientists, relatives and hearers as well, try to find a theoretical explanation about voices’ reality; but this phenomenon is so extraordinary that is still difficult to be familiar with such experiences. Open dialogue with hearers is one of the most effective strategies to create order in this experience… or to find its logic.
Why people hear them?
In Italy, until ten years ago, psychiatrists were not used to ask patients if they have ever heard voices. Nowadays voices education and consciousness – that allow people to drive their health, instead of waiting for doctor instructions – changed the medical approach to the symptom. Doctors are now able to help patients not only prescribing drugs, but also using a dedicated emotional approach. Behind voices there’s a person, a human being with his story, his experiences and, unfortunately, his own trauma. The voice is a talking problem, in 76% of cases this problem is generated by a physical, sexual and/or psychological trauma…
The model used by our association is called “ managing the voices”, that is explained in an informative manual.
Support the Association
“Hearing Voices” Association spend every day supporting hearers.
We help more than one thousand of hearers in every part of Italy. Thanks to the association’s members’ collaboration we can:
- concretely support hearers
- Guarantee training activities for psychologists, staff’s members and families
- Promote scientific research and divulgation of managing’s strategies.
Our activities of awareness, training and assistance need people who are sensitive to voices’ theme, exactly like you.