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[Comment] Listening to the voices

A voice is heard, but there is no one around who could have spoken. In the popular imagination it’s a symptom of insanity, a sign that the hearer is disturbed, distressed, and possibly a danger. We reach for a label: schizophrenia. Around three-quarters of people with this complex and heterogeneous disorder hear voices, but the experience is associated with a wide range of other psychiatric conditions.1 Hearing voices, or auditory verbal hallucinations, is also a part of everyday life for a minority of people who are not patients.