The difference between the 2 voices in your head: intuition vs hallucination

Last week I posted about what is intuition and while I was writing that post I realized that it can be a little confusing for some people. Is hard to spot the difference between intuition and auditory hallucination. The biggest similarity that make them so hard to distinguish is that both are voices in our head, but there is also a big difference between these 2 voices which I will tell you in this post.

For me intuition is that voice coming from your soul that guide you in taking the right decision. And auditory hallucination or paracusia involves hearing one or more talking voices. This may be associated with psychotic disorders, and holds special significance in diagnosing these conditions. However, individuals without any psychiatric disease whatsoever may hear voices.

In the previous post I talked about what is intuition and in this post I will talk more about what is auditory hallucination.

There are 3 main categories into which the hearing of talking voices often fall:

  1. a person hearing a voice speak one’s thoughts,
  2. a person hearing one or more voices arguing,
  3. or a person hearing a voice narrating his/her own actions.

These 3 categories do not account for all types of auditory hallucinations.

Other types of auditory hallucination include exploding head syndrome and musical ear syndrome. In the latter (musical ear syndrome), people will hear music playing in their mind, usually songs they are familiar with. This can be caused by: lesions on the brain stem (often resulting from a stroke); also, sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, tumors, encephalitis, or abscesses. This should be distinguished from the commonly experienced phenomenon of getting a song stuck in one’s head. Reports have also mentioned that it is also possible to get musical hallucinations from listening to music for long periods of time. Other reasons include hearing loss and epileptic activity.

Usually these auditory hallucinations are evil, rude and don’t want you to succeed in life and here is an example: Robert Schumann, a famous music composer, spent the end of his life experiencing auditory hallucinations. Schumann’s diaries state that he suffered perpetually from imagining that he had the note A5 sounding in his ears. The musical hallucinations became increasingly complex. One night he claimed to have been visited by the ghost of Schubert and wrote down the music that he was hearing. Thereafter, he began making claims that he could hear an angelic choir singing to him. As his condition worsened, the angelic voices developed into demonic ones.

Shorter, intuition will help you become a successful person and auditory hallucinations are part of a mental illness that will make success hard to achieve, but not impossible.

The difference between intuition and auditory hallucination

If you want to know what mental illnesses cause auditory hallucination and what is the treatment, read my previous post Auditory hallucinations and the treatment.

Love Ally Fortis


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4 thoughts on “The difference between the 2 voices in your head: intuition vs hallucination

  1. Thanks for this. This was very helpful. When I take my time to try and contact my intuition I just simply don’t know if it really is my intuition. But this has cleared things up a bit. I have one question, are auditory hallucinations the same as that constant stream of thought within your head? Because that for me is filled with both positives and negatives.

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    1. Glad this post helped you. These thoughts are like voices talking to you or you over think things like analyzing everything for example if you want to buy a new phone and you will think “I should buy this phone, I like it, but I can’t afford it. I think i don’t deserve this new expensive phone. Will I really need this phone? But everyone has it and I want it too, But I don’t really need it. I don’t know what to do “?

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      1. Awesome, thanks for replying. I’ve been very much wanting to cultivate my intuition in the past, and sometimes been able to tell what it is. But your piece is one of the few places that’s actually helped me distinguish between intuition and your normal stream of thinking. Thanks!

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