We have been asked by Loukia Chaidemenaki (postgraduate student at the University of Derby) to circulate details of the following study on mystical experiences and voice-hearing. Loukia writes:

I am a postgraduate student in Psychology at the University of Derby with an interest in learning more about experiences of hearing voices and other unusual experiences. I am doing my final research project on the mystical experieriences of people who hear voices, see visions or have other extra-ordinary experiences.

I am looking for men and women with similar experiences, who would like to take part in my research study

Are you:

  • Someone who has experiences of hearing voice(s), seeing vision(s) and/or other extraordinary experience(s) in the last five years?
  • Someone who has interest for spiritual, religious, transcendent metters and so called mystical experiences, having/or have had experienced mystical experiences?
  • Are you above 18 years old?

What is the study about?

The aim is to explore the experiences of mystical among people who hear voices, see visions or have had extraordinary experiences. The purpose is to explore multiple perspectives of people living with the experience of hearing voices/seeing visions or other extraordinary experiences in order to better understand the experience.

We will talk about your experience of hearing voices and how you and other people make sense of voice-hearing. I am particularly interested in talking about how experiences of mystical and hearing voice(s), seeing vision(s) or having other extraordinary experience(s) is understood, how you related with spirituality and your attributions of your mystical experiences, how these experiences might differ or relate to each other, how you cope, any positive or protective aspects of hearing a voice(s), seeing vision(s) or having other extraordinary experience(s) and your experience of sharing experiences of mystical with mental health professionals and your close environment.

Do I have to take part?

It is completely up to you whether or not you decide to take part in this study. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you change your mind at any time during the study you can withdraw up to 2 weeks after our interview, without giving a reason.

What would I have to do in the study?

If you decide to take part in the study, you will do an online interview with me, the researcher. The interview will last for approximately 45-60 minutes.

You will be given the opportunity for an online follow-up meeting, with me, the researcher. We can discuss your experience of the interview and my understanding of your experience, as well as providing more an opportunity for any questions to be answered.

Where will the interview happen?

The interview will happen online and time convenient to you. We can decide this together.

Is the study confidential?

Yes, the study is anonymous and confidential. This means that no names or identifying features will be in the study.

The interview will be recorded and some direct quotes from the interview may be used in the study write-up (thesis and journal article) however, quotes will not be linked with identifying features or names. In order to ensure this, in the consent form you will be asked to state your pseudonym with which your quotes will be addressed throughout the study.

The recording will be solely for internal use by the researcher to analysis of the relevant information. Only the researcher, the research team and academics at the University of Derby will have access to the information provided, which will be kept absolutely secured in an electronic file accessible only by the researcher. The information provided will kept up to 7 years. After this time period, all data provided will be destroyed.

What if I am interested in taking part?

If you are interested in taking part you can discuss this with someone independent, or contact me by email. We can then discuss any further questions you may have about the study. Once we have spoken you can decide whether you would like to take part in the study.

I am interested in taking part, what do I do next?

If you would like some more information about the study or are interested in taking part in the study, please get in touch via email.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you get in touch soon.

Please note that this study is independent from Hearing the Voice. If you have any further queries, you should contact Loukia or William Van Gordon (the project supervisor) via email or on 01332597826.

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