chapter  1
Introduction: Marius Romme and Sandra Escher
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This book has been written in order to emphasize the individual variation between people who suffer from psychosis. We invited contributors who in their daily work, their research or their own personal acquaintance with psychosis all focus their attention on the personal experience of psychosis; which we consider to be an emotional crisis. The term psychosis is a mysti®cation. We believe that calling voice hearing `hallucinations' and unusual beliefs `delusions' or to call both of these `psychotic symptoms' is unjusti®ed and harmful and that these terms handicap building a relationship with the person who is hindered by them and it discriminates against those who experience positive in¯uences from such experiences.