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Person-ness of voices in lived experience accounts of psychosis: combining literary linguistics and clinical psychology

Semino, E; Demjén, Z; Collins, L; (2020) Person-ness of voices in lived experience accounts of psychosis: combining literary linguistics and clinical psychology. Medical Humanities 10.1136/medhum-2020-011940. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, we use concepts and insights from the literary linguistic study of story-world characters to shed new light on the nature of voices as social agents in the context of lived experience accounts of voice-hearing. We demonstrate a considerable overlap between approaches to voices as social agents in clinical psychology and the perception of characters in the linguistic study of fiction, but argue that the literary linguistic approach facilitates a much more nuanced account of the different degrees of person-ness voices might be perceived to possess. We propose a scalar Characterisation Model of Voices and demonstrate its explanatory potential by comparing two lived experience descriptions of voices in interviews with voice-hearers in a psychosis intervention. The new insights into the phenomenology of voice-hearing achieved by applying the model are relevant to the understanding of voice-hearing as well as to therapeutic interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Person-ness of voices in lived experience accounts of psychosis: combining literary linguistics and clinical psychology
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2020-011940
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2020-011940
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119125
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