Psychology, neurology and mental illness are subjects of great interest to me. It is short on depth and detail. Though he is not a specialist in the art and science of auditory hallucinations, Daniel has read widely, thought deeply and enlisted the help of some of the foremost experts in the field. An arguable point, but one worth considering when one is bland-sided by yet another lump of Portentous Hush google Joseph Salemi on that. The chapter I enjoyed the most The Tyranny of Meaning, where we actually get to hear about the differing viewpoints within modern psychology, both from professionals and the voice hearers themselves. The organization of the book was also frustrating.
Ich bin nicht da, und trotzdem kannst du mich erreichen — Wunder der Technik. Voice-hearers must struggle against the psychiatric establishment for self-determination - the right to keep their voices, and to decide for themselves about the meaning of those voices. Las voces no son necesariamente patologicas. Both books have by turns benefited and suffered from their authors' source of inspiration. He has a whole chapter on the history of Socrates which consists of approximately two sentences on Socrates's voice hearing.
The next most interesting chapters were those which discussed religious and mystical participants in voice-hearing. In the age of modern medical science, we have relegated this experience to nothing more than a biological glitch. Both books have by turns benefited and suffered from their authors' source of inspiration. We conclude with a good look at some historically famous voice hearers such as Socrates, Joan of Arc, and Freudian favourite Daniel Paul Schreber. I put hallucinations in quotes because the book makes the point that such terminology automatically puts hearing voices into pathology, effectively closing off consideration of it as something spiritual.
Smith does a fine job, however, of pointing out the contradictions inherent in the speech we often use to describe 'auditory hallucinations. Oh, I just hear someone calling my name, and to tell the truth it hasn't happened in a while, but it used to be disconcerting. To view it, Not terrible, but it is more of an overview of a very interesting idea, not so revolutionary as the Origin of Conscciousness. And what a story it is, running from ancient prophets to modern brain science. Doesn't really discuss any of the anti-psychatric school, mentions Laing Foucult, and quotes Szasz.
And his accounts of the three historical figures are quite interesting in their own right. Wie schön, die sanfte Stimme des Liebsten darauf zu hören, der uns einen Gruß herüberhaucht, oder die des Handwerkers, der bestätigt, dass er tatsächlich endlich am nächsten Donnerstag kommt. A fantastically intriguing book on auditory hallucinations. Daniel B Smith has a very humanistic way of writing that draws the reader in. And not a voice inside your head, the voice comes from the outside, and is very real. An interesting topic to be sure, but Smith's personal anecdotes and references to his father's auditory hallucinations can seem intrusive and unnecessary. This book presents one of the best brief overviews of Jaynes' work that I have seen.
One tiny criticism is that the chapter on Socrates was a little too long and went a bit too much into Greek A fantastically intriguing book on auditory hallucinations. The research was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 1995, and has since been confirmed many times. None of that came to pass, and subsequently Smith discovered his grandfather also heard voices, but had come terms with the experience early in life and found it benign as well as a source of insight. His argument is that auditory hallucinations should not be immediately associated with mental illness. Rather, he is intrigued because his father secretly heard voices yet was not schizophrenic.
I was drawn to it initially, because I currently work with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia and was looking for an alternative, non-Western perspective on the schizophrenic mind and its link to creativity and prophecy, etc. Smith writes in a witty, engaging, and authoritative style that makes for a great read. This book gets five stars only because a book can't be rated with four and a half at goodreads. Cut your finger and it's the brain that feels the pain, not the finger. Voice-hearing still isn't well understood and people who experience it are often schizophrenic. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in auditory hallucinations. In other words try to listen to a very quiet voice.
In a fascinating quest for understanding, Smith examines the history of this powerful phenomenon, and delivers a ringing defense of the validity of unusual human experiences. Smith puts forth in Muses, Madmen, a An inquiry into hearing voices-one of humanity's most profound phenomena Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill- understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. I probably found it to be the most interesting because it was the chapter I could most identify with personally not because I hear voices, which I don't, but because of what it says about inspiration. While I appreciate the author's attempt to pull direct experiences into the book he fell short of pulling everything together into a cohesive message. Some interesting passages and observations, some curious facts, but no real substance to speak of. Additionally, the conclusion was a tacked-on bit of insignificance, leaving me hanging without the various threads the author traced tied together in any meaningful way.
I'm still not really sure of what 'hearing voices' means, or how common it is in the population as a Like , this book left me convinced that mind investigating mind is doomed to become lost in recursion and confusion. I'm still not really sure of what 'hearing voices' means, or how common it is in the population as a whole. I mean, you're walking down the street, or, what's worse, standing in an otherwise empty room, you hear your name and turn around, and there's no one there, or no one that you know, anyway. Auditory hallucination is an inherently interesting topic, so this book was an easy read. The is a rich, very well written and wise book that should be an easy read for a generalist with an interest in psychology, history and spirituality.
In a fascinating quest for understanding, Smith examines the history of this powerful phenomenon, and delivers a ringing defense of the validity of unusual human experiences. It's a journey inspired by the author's desire to understand his own father's life-long battle with voices and to understand something he, despite some misguided but valiant efforts, has not been able to experience himself. One thing it suggests is that poetry used to be written more viscerally and is now more of an intellectual act, and that this shift may explain a decrease in satisfaction with much of contemporary poetry. It can be a gateway into now Tolle For that alone it was worth to read it. The book made use of many other more thorough sources that are probably more useful to readers interested in exploring the issues addressed in this book further. It's a good buddhist teaching.