‘Normalizing’ the voice hearing experience

Michael Garrett

in Hallucinations

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199548590
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754623 | DOI:
‘Normalizing’ the voice hearing experience

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In summary, an appreciation of the continuum between psychosis and ordinary mental life becomes a practical clinical tool in the form of ‘normalizing’ interventions in the psychotherapy of psychosis. Relating psychotic mental states to ordinary mental life reduces the stigma of these experiences, which places the doctor–patient relationship on a more equal footing. This encourages open and trusting communication between patient and clinician. Suggesting to patients that analogies to psychotic symptoms can be found in the mental life of most people, including the clinician, begins to reverse the meta-psychological judgment the patient has made to locate psychotic experiences in the outside world. Normalizing psychotic symptoms places these experiences within the mental life of the clinician and others, which begins the therapeutic process of locating these experiences within the mental life of the patient, as treatment proceeds.

Chapter.  11274 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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