A man as sane as Socrates heard voices. There's growing evidence that at one time we all did. Read Julian Jaynes or check out my book at stalkingirishmadness.com Chapter 16 in Galway I find a meeting of the Hearing Voices Network. Through their simple approach tens of thousands of "schizophrenics" have been reclaiming their lives in Europe over the last twelve years. Here in America, where doctors are finally relenting to engage the voices actively, to accept "dialoguing" as legitimate therapy, as opposed to just waging war on the voices with obscene levels of psychotropic thought stoppers, we're about ten years behind the times. I'm not surprised to see that our more progressive Americans in the northwest are finding out about this kinder, gentler and much more effective approach sooner. I have a family full of voice hearers, so for us on the front lines it's all about waging peace with the voices in our heads. This goes for all of us. Mental wellness is for everyone a matter of managing our voices rather than being managed by them, regardless of whether these are the first-person voices of the superego that we all hear or the third-person voices that so-called schizophrenics, with their extra set of speakers, seem to hear. We have much to learn from each other. Read my book, Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia.
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