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The experience of hearing voices is common and much more variable than previously thought, a new study finds.
Many people who do not have a psychiatric diagnosis hear voices.
It is thought between 5 and 15% of people will experience hearing voices at some point in their lives (scroll down for Rachel’s story).
Researchers asked 153 people about their experiences of hearing voices.
Most of them (81%) said they heard more than one voice, with 70% saying they heard specific characters.
Only around half the people said their voices were purely sounds they heard.
Almost half said they were more thought-like voices or somewhere in between sounds and thoughts.
Two-thirds of people also reported feeling bodily sensations while hearing voices.
These included tingling or hot sensations in the hands or feet.
Dr Nev Jones, one of the study’s authors, said:
“By and large, these voices were not experienced simply as intrusive or unwanted thoughts, but rather, like the auditory voices, as distinct ‘entities’ with their own personalities and content.