How can I differentiate auditory hallucinations from negative thinking?

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Auditory hallucinations can be differentiated from negative thoughts by considering several factors. Negative thinking is a thought process in which people tend to be self-critical or outwardly critical, find the worst in everything, or generate the worst possible scenarios. In contrast, auditory hallucinations involve a sensory experience in which a person can hear sounds or a person talking without external auditory stimulation, e.g., hear a person’s voice when there is no one present.

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