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Some find that saying ‘no’ to commanding voices can be a source of power, and control. If ‘no’ feels too difficult, saying ‘not yet’ in order to delay responding or acting on their commands might feel more doable. Ignoring the voices entirely can sometimes help to withdraw or deny their power or control.

Some people find that ‘reality testing’ is helpful. This means checking the reality of what the voice is saying, for example, by asking a friend or trusted ally what they think.

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I answer back to the voices, and sometimes I shout too. I often swear and answer the judging voice by saying they need to mind their own business and leave me in peace.


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Find an example of reality testing in this list from Ron Ungar (2016). Some ideas about how to cope with voices. Recoveryfromschizophrenia.org.


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