Visual hallucinations in psychotic disorders like schizophrenia are typically not simple transformations of an inanimate lifeless object into another state. They are not a car turning upside down, or a door suddenly opening. Instead, they are often 'de novo' images or scenes, with religious and frightening content and just beyond grasp.
What are visual hallucinations in the psychotic spectrum? In general visual hallucinations are
Visual sensory perceptions in the absence of external stimuli (Ali, 2011).
Visual hallucinations (VHs) in psychosis are often life-sized, detailed, and solid. Important for your question - They are projected either just beyond the reach of individuals, or further away. They are often images of people, faces, animals, objects, or events. Common are visions with frightening content (bugs, dogs, snakes, distorted faces), and these are linked to distress. Notably, visions of God, angels, the devil, saints, and fairies are common. Also worthwhile to realize is that they are often aware others do not perceive it (Waters et al., 2014). For example, I heard a person anecdotally speak in front of our class (more than a decade ago, how time flies) about themselves featuring horns on their head when they would look in the mirror. These horns made them look like the devil in the mirror, which evoked strong feelings of distress. They did'n tell this explicitly, but I'm sure when they would feel on their heads, they wouldn't feel anything (combined tactile-visual hallucinations are, afaik, extremely rare, if existing at all). Instead, they interpreted their hallucinations as something religious, as something threatening and dangerous to themselves.
To place the other answer into perspective: visual hallucinations occur in 16% to 72% of schizophrenics, at some point in the course of their illness (Goodwin & Rosenthal (1971); Ali, (2016)) and their impact should not be underestimated (Oorschot et al., 2010).
- Ali, Curr Psych (2011); 10(11): 22-9
- Goodwill & Rosenthal, Arch Gen Psychiatry (1971); 24(1):76-80
- Oorschot et al., Schizophrenia Res (2010); 117;(2-3): 307
- Waters et al., Schizophr Bull (2014); 40(S4): 233–45