Rufus May will be joining us live for a webchat on RethinkTalk, this Friday 29th July at 1pm. If you would like to ask him a question then please leave these in the comments section below. Please remember the webchat guidelines.
Rufus May works as a psychologist and is known for his positive therapeutic approach to psychosis and voice-hearing. He believes hearing voices is a meaningful experience that we should be listening to more. He thinks we should be teaching people a broad range of self development and expressive techniques so they can handle the emotions that drive their experiences. 'Its a crime how much we rely on mind suppressing drugs rather than more holistic strategies. The drugs so often add to people's problems causing weight gain, serious health difficulties and passivity' He believes psychiatric medication is over-used as a substitute for really listening to people's experiences. 'Voices are symbolic messengers about relationship issues we need to understand and overcome.'
Rufus uses techniques developed in conjunction with other members of the hearing voices network which include talking to people's voices. 'Talking with voices has been shown to be helpful yet many professionals discourage it and are scared to do this kind of work. Even the most destructive voice can be understood and reasoned with. Demonic sounding voices are a response to buried emotions and with support can be faced so they no longer are able to bully and intimidate the person hearing them. A voice that urges you to harm yourself is a symbolic messenger about the need for you to find ways to channel your aggression and hurt feelings. The parts of us that are the most destructive need the most love. Most doctors try to get rid of voices and this often makes things worse because the voices get more aggravated.
They are there for a reason and their messages need to be faced not buried. Society is scared of hearing voices but we need to learn to accept voice hearing because the fear of voices makes it a lot more difficult to handle.'
You can also read more about Rufus May's work on his website at www.rufusmay.com or read an indepth article that was published in the Independent via http://ind.pn/Mgtm6