Public Service Announcement: Don’t Listen To The Voices!

How often have we heard stories like this?

“A 17-year-old boy who said voices told him to kill was charged with stabbing his father to death and slashing his younger brother with a butcher knife Sunday, authorities said.
Jordan Michael Carter, of Edinboro, was arrested and charged with homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

…Jordan Carter called the Erie County Crisis Services hotline after the attack and said voices were commanding him to kill humans, according to the criminal complaint.

He told the person answering the phone that the voices “never used to be this loud,” the criminal complaint stated. Carter also said his mother and twin sisters were out shopping, according to the complaint.”

Here’s an important hint; just because you hear a voice in your head doesn’t mean you have to do what they say. In fact, if you’re hearing voices in your head, I’d say it’s pretty safe NOT to do what they’re telling you. I mean how many times have you heard someone say, “I gave $100 to charity because the voice in my head told me to do it” or “The voice in my head demanded that I get off of welfare and get a job, so I had to obey”? The only person I can ever think of who actually did something postive because of the voices in her head was Joan of Arc and in the end she was burned at the stake and ended up saving France of all places, so it wasn’t like it was all wine & roses for her either.

So take it from someone who has a degree in psychology; don’t listen to the voices!

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