In a sense, each of us lives in two different worlds, experiencing strong ambivalent feelings toward ourselves and others, and entertaining contradictory viewpoints of the events in our lives. From our theoretical vantage point, the "voice" keeps us locked into our defense system, while our healthier side strives for freedom from the constraints of these defenses. The "voice," as we conceptualize it, is the language of the defensive process. As such, it opposes the expression of feeling, undermines rational thought, and sabotages the pursuit of real satisfaction and goals. The voice represents an unconscious, ongoing pattern of thoughts that acts to depress one's emotional state and direct one's behavior toward negative, limiting, or self-destructive consequences. Voice Therapy employs methods that bring these hostile thoughts and attitudes into the patient's awareness. In Voice Therapy patients learn to verbalize their ongoing internal dialogue with their voice, to expose their self-attacks, and eventually to separate their negative attitudes toward themselves and others from a more objective, nonjudgmental view. They learn to distinguish the negative defensive attitudes, incorporated from the family, from their real point of view. In learning to answer these internal criticisms and accusations with realistic appraisals of themselves, they improve their reality testing and attain mastery over the voice and its influence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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