A new study suggests that schizophrenic people in more collectivist societies sometimes think their auditory hallucinations are helpful.
By Olga Khazan
Originally posted July 23, 2014
Here are two excerpts:
But a new study suggests that the way schizophrenia sufferers experience those voices depends on their cultural context. Surprisingly, schizophrenic people from certain other countries don't hear the same vicious, dark voices that Holt and other Americans do. Some of them, in fact, think their hallucinations are good—and sometimes even magical.
The Americans tended to described their voices as violent—"like torturing people, to take their eye out with a fork, or cut someone's head and drink their blood, really nasty stuff," according to the study.
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