What is it like to Hear Voices? A questionnaire study

Thank you! We had an overwhelming response to our questionnaire study, which closed on Friday 29 November 2013. Findings and updates will be posted on this site so please check back over the coming months for more information.

Hearing the Voice, in collaboration with the Lived Experience Research Network, is pleased to announce a new research study into the experience of hearing voices.

This study – an online questionnaire which can be completed anonymously – takes a philosophical approach to understanding human experience. It invites people who hear voices to reflect upon important aspects of their experience – such as moods and emotions, or bodily sensations – which may not usually be the subject of attention, especially in clinical settings.

You can find out more about the study, and take part, by clicking here. The study will run until November 29.

Developing a better understanding of the experience of voice-hearing is perhaps the central aim of the Hearing the Voice project, and one of the strengths of working as an interdisciplinary team is that we can go about this in a number of ways. We are in regular conversations with voice-hearers from a wide range of backgrounds, and have learned a lot from the narratives of people who have shared their stories of recovery. We work closely with clinicians and carers who have professional experience of working with people who are distressed by their voices. We are critically investigating the psychological scales that psychologists and neuroscientists use to measure and quantify hallucinatory experience. And we are examining the literary, historical and theological record to put all of this into a wider cultural context.

Our hope is that this study will make an important contribution to the wider Hearing the Voice project and so ultimately be of benefit to people who hear voices and to those who care about and for them. This can only happen through the good will of our anonymous participants. If you or someone you know would like to find out more, or are interested in participating in the study, please visit the questionnaire web site for further details.


  1. Sounds intersting!

  2. Everyone hears voices. If you claim you do not hear voices, and don’t, then you are a psychopath. You have no compassion for others suffering? You have the absence of the voice of compassion or sympathy.
    “We describe those without psychopathy as ‘hot-headed’ and those with psychopathy as ‘cold-hearted’,”

    Listening too much versus listening too little to the voices inside oneself.

    People hear the voice of hunger, the voice of thirst. If people listen too much to the voice of hunger they suffer from Gluttony. Listen too little and they suffer from Anorexia.
    They hear voice to defecate, or the voice to micturate, or the voice to vomit.

    The voice I need a cigarette, or I need a beer.

    The voice of balance, which way is up which way is down, for the ability to walk/run or cross a stream. The voice of Vertigo.

    The voice of “It’s too hot!” and “It’s too cold!”, but people fight this internal voice in cold winter/hot summer to go to work to earn money.

    The voice of suffocation “I can’t breath” or “That smells terrible, I must get away to some fresh air.”

    The voice of fatigue, “I must lay down”. The opposite “I must work” so busy so they never have time to listen to the other voices in their mind.

    The voice of envy, “I must have that!”, the foundation of consumerism.

    The voice of anger, for example while driving a car “That guy cut me off! ”

    The voice of despair.”I have no power” versus accepting the things you can not change, changing what you can.

    Did you remember to get your loved one that gift for their birthday? How did you remember? Do you hear voices?



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