startling phase
   A term used to denote the initial reaction of hallucinating individuals, during which the affected individual is typically astonished and confused. In some individuals, the startling phase may never cease. In others, it may be followed by an * organization phase and a * stabilization phase, during which the confusion may abate and ultimately disappear. All three terms were introduced by the Dutch hallucination researchers Marius Romme (b. 1934), and Sandra Escher (b. 1945).
   References
   Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C. (1989). Hearing voices. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 15, 209-216.
   Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C. (1994). Accepting voices. London: MIND Publications.

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