A Phenomenological Description of the Inner Voice Experience of Ordinary People

Author: Waddell, Vivian

Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 14, Number 8, 2007 , pp. 35-57(23)

Publisher: Imprint Academic

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This is a phenomenological description of the inner voice experience (IVE) that emerged from a phenomenological research of the IVEs of twenty ordinary people. Research on IVEs of ordinary people is thin. If inner voices are studied at all, they are studied from a psychological or religious perspective where phenomenology allows for a multi- disciplinary view of this human experience. This description of the actual lived experienced of hearing an inner voice emerged through an iterative phenomenological analysis following Van Manen (1990). It contributes a much needed new perspective on the experience of hearing an inner voice and human nature. Included in this paper is a short overview of phenomenological thought as it pertains to the study of the IVE and

Keywords: Phenomenology; inner voice experience; inner voices; normal people

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: vwaddell1@optusnet.com.au

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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