while I don’t normally hear voices in a conventional, audible sense, I do receive what seems like thoughts where people or “beings” seem to be thinking in my head. I don’t “hear” them as they don’t really make a sound but I can distinguish the tone and sound of whose voice it is…without actually hearing any real sound if that makes any sense. It’s kind of like when I think to myself in my mind it still “sounds” like me but doesn’t make a sound.
But yes they can be very critical and it gets very frustrating. Responding with a joke seems to work most of the time, or I’ll just say sarcastically to them “yeah that’s me alright”. Sometimes calling the voices out on something makes them go away for a while too. Like I’ll be hearing my mother’s voice in my head and I’ll say to it “you’re not my mother” and sometimes that will work.
But what I’ve noticed is despite the similarities we may share us people with schizophrenia are experiencing our own unique set of symptoms much of the time and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.