Researchers are figuring out why some people can 'hear' their voices

Researchers are figuring out why some people can 'hear' their voices ...

Scientists have identified characteristics that might make a person more likely to claim that they hear the voices of the deceased.

According to research published in 2021, a predisposition to high levels of absorption in tasks, unusual auditory experiences in childhood, and a high susceptibility to auditory hallucinations all occur more strongly in self-described clairaudient mediums than the general population.

The findings might help us to better understand the disturbing auditory hallucinations that accompany mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, according to researchers.

Both for anthropologists examining religious and spiritual experiences, and for scientists studying pathological hallucinatory experiences, are the Spiritualist experiences of clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Researchers are attempting to better understand why some individuals with auditory experiences have reported a Spiritualist experience, while others find them more distressing and receive a mental health diagnosis.

"Spiritualists tend to disclose unusual auditory experiences that are positive, start early in life, and which they are often capable of controlling," says the psychologist at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom when the study first came out.

"It''s vital to recognize how these become reality," says the author. It might also assist us understand more about hearing voices'' distressing or non-controllable experiences.

He and his colleague psychologist Adam Powell of Durham University in the United Kingdom conducted a survey of 65 clairaudient mediums from the UK''s Spiritualists'' National Union, as well as 143 members of the general population recruited through social media, to examine what differentiated Spiritualists from the general public, who do not (usually) report hearing the voices of the dead.

According to a survey, 44.6 percent of spiritualists reported hearing voices daily, 79 percent said their experiences included their daily lives. While most people reported hearing voices inside their heads, 33 percent said their voices were also external.

The results of the survey were impressive.

Spiritualists expressed a much higher belief in the paranormal, although they were less likely to care what other people expected.

The Spiritualists on the whole had their first auditory experience young, at an average age of 21.7 years, and reported a high level of absorption. That is, for example, a sense of total immersion in mental tasks and activities or altered states, and how effective the individual is in controlling their situation.

Researchers discovered that they had less experience experiencing Spiritualism before, but they had discovered it while looking for answers.

High levels of absorption were also strongly linked with belief in the paranormal, although there was little or no susceptibility to auditory hallucinations in both groups. And there were no differences in the levels of belief in the paranormal and susceptibility to visual hallucinations in the general population.

According to researchers, experiencing the''voices of the dead'' is unlikely to be a result of peer pressure, a positive social context, or suggestionibility due to beliefs in the paranormal. Instead, these individuals adopt Spiritualism because it is appropriate to their own personal values.

"Our findings say a lot about ''learning and yearning.'' For our participants, the principles of Spiritualism seem to make sense of both extraordinary childhood experiences as well as the frequent auditory phenomena they experience as practicing mediums," Powell said.

"But all of these experiences may result more from having certain tendencies or early abilities than from simply believing in the possibility of reaching the dead if one fails to."

Future research, according to the results, should examine a wide range of cultural contexts in order to better understand the relationship between absorption, belief, and the strange, mysterious experience of ghosts whispering in one''s ear.

Mental Health, Religion, and Culture have all been covered in this research.

This article was first published in January 2021.

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