There are lots of different ways of understanding and making sense of experiences of hearing voices. Some people view their voices as symptoms of an illness; others see them as meaningful experiences that are linked to traumatic life events (particularly during childhood). For others still, voices are an important part of spirituality or religion.
This section explores different ways of understanding voices, including psychological, neuroscientific, historical, literary and spiritual approaches. We also present information and resources for young people who hear voices, and consider some of the factors that make voices likely to occur in older adults.