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The road to recovery often begins in small support groups run by the Hearing Voices Network (HVN). The first group formed in the Netherlands in 1987, and, since then, groups have cropped up in 30 countries, including Bosnia, Canada, Japan, Tanzania and the US. ” A central premise of HVN is that voices frequently emerge following extreme stress or trauma. Research bares that out: more than 70% of voice-hearers are thought to have experienced some form of trauma in their lifetime, which could take the form of extreme abuse or bullying.
Or in the Spanish Civil War. I think that’s very possible. It’s also possible that, in some people’s minds, becoming a cartoonist might seem like a heroic thing to do. ” “You’ll know that Peter Cook once joked about the way that all of those satirical night clubs in 1930s Berlin ‘did so much to prevent the rise of Adolf Hitler’. ” “I think – I know – that satire does frighten fascists. Fascists don’t like satire. They don’t like it at all. And they especially don’t enjoy visual satire. Because of its unique power to communicate.