Stanford researcher: Hallucinatory ‘voices’ shaped by local culture

just as i suspected all along… disorders, such as insanity, for one, is indeed influenced by culture… people who are deemed crazy are generally shunned, drugged and essentially incarcerated in Western medicine, but are openly cared for and given a wide network of support in the Ayurvedic system of therapy… mmm, gets me thinking of other psychological phenomena such as sorcery, magic and witchcraft… elves, fairies, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, elementals, jinns and legions of greater and lesser angels and demons…

Mysterious Times

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann found that voice-hearing experiences of people with serious psychotic disorders are shaped by local culture – in the United States, the voices are harsh and threatening, in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful. This may have clinical implications for how to treat people with schizophrenia, she suggests.

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