Phenomenology and Auditory Hallucinations Research Paper by writingsensation

Phenomenology and Auditory Hallucinations
A paper examining the contributions that phenomenology can offer the practice of clinical psychology.
# 68900 | 4,140 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Sep 19, 2006 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Jung) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (General)

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This paper takes a look at whether phenomenology can be an appropriate means of dealing with auditory hallucinations. The paper explains that the phenomenological approach to auditory hallucinations would be to suggest that people who hallucinate actually do have experiences of hallucinations and that hearing a voice when no one else is around is an actual experience just like any other. The paper further explains that from the phenomenological point of view auditory hallucinations should be considered normal for some people some of the time. The paper discusses phenomenology and its use in dealing with auditory hallucinations from the perspective of several well-known psychologists, from a religious viewpoint, a medical viewpoint and a shamanic viewpoint.

Table of Contents
Jung and Auditory Hallucinations
Shamanic Traditions and Psychotherapy
Religious Viewpoint of Hearing Voices, Vis-a-Vis Therapeutic Issues
Medical Considerations of 'Hearing Voices'
Social Work and Auditory Hallucinations
Other Opinions

From the Paper:

"Freud, of course, would have been "highly skeptical" of any such approach both because of the nature of subjectivity (which is clearly what the therapist would be dealing with, from any angle) and because of what he considered the latent content of experience that could not be drawn forth by reflection alone: The vast majority of psychic life is considered by psychoanalysis to lie outside of the person's awareness, at various levels of the unconscious. And even for Freud, the only access to this unconscious was through the (further) indirect means of interpretation" (Davidson, 2004, p. 149+). Clearly, then, to Freud and his followers, a phenomenological approach to auditory hallucination would be anathema."

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