Table 5

Taxonomic classification of voice-hearing experiences

Taxonomic category*Examplen=58
Comfort‘Do not be afraid’.15 (26%)
Calling‘Teach scripture’.14 (24%)
Confirming/clarifying‘You’re going to marry him, you know’.8 (14%)
Conversion‘Be baptised’.5 (9%)
Communications‘Walk away’.5 (9%)
Crisis‘Trust me!’4 (7%)
ConversationalI chat to God everyday and that conversation often feels like dialogue.4 (7%)
Companions‘You couldn’t come to me, so I came to you’.3 (5%)
Other‘Shekinah’58 7 (12%)
Not enough information to classify8 (14%)
  • *Some participants experienced voices in more than one category.