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Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, , Warner Books edition. her therapist, and a journalist who had. just ﬁ nished writing a book about her case. Flora Rheta Schreiber's Sybil. (1) told the story of a young. Sybil, or The Two Nations is an novel by Benjamin Disraeli. The novel I run this site alone and spend an awful lot of time creating these books. Very few.
Later - The fraudulent nature of this book aside, the writing is annoying the hell out of me - it's way too flowery. It's sad she took so long to begin her life proper, but considering the timeframe it's no surprise. The right to access books they chose to read Section I, struggle for control that followed seems more political para. Arthur A. I read Sybill four years before the event with my Dr.
Many details of the real case were changed or removed to protect Mason's privacy. Critics of Spiegel and Rieber's "revelation" ask why they waited until after Schreiber, Wilbur, and Mason were all dead before revealing the tapes, which Spiegel supposedly had in his possession all along.
Patrick Suraci, author of SYBIL in her own words , was personally acquainted with Shirley Mason and is still in touch with members of her family, criticizes Spiegel for what he terms unethical behavior in withholding the tapes.
Spiegel also claimed to have made films of himself hypnotizing Mason, supposedly proving that Wilbur had "implanted false memories" in her mind, but when Suraci asked to see the films, Spiegel said he had lost them. The case remains controversial, as Wilbur's psychiatric files were apparently destroyed upon her death,  and Mason is also deceased. Much of Nathan's book repeats material already covered in the original Sybil , including a letter in which Mason spoke about making up the "alters" for attention and excitement.
In Sybil , this letter was interpreted as an attempt to put difficult, painful therapy on hold.
In , artist-journalist Nancy Preston published After Sybil , a personal memoir which includes facsimile reproductions of Mason's personal letters to her, along with color plates of her paintings. The two became close friends and corresponded until a few days before Mason's death.
In the letters, Mason confirmed that she had had multiple personalities. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the non-fiction book about Shirley Ardell Mason 's treatment for dissociative identity disorder. For the novel by Benjamin Disraeli , see Sybil novel. Kirkus Reviews. Victims of memory: Upper Access Books. Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder.
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Abandoned Ladder, Review of Sybil Exposed with commentary about Nathan and Spiegel. Huffington Post , December 15, The was certainly not what I saw in the patients I met and interacted with every day.
At about half the book I made the mistake of asking a professor about it and he I read this at 17, doing work training at aa psychiatric hospital and imagining that I had found out what I wanted to do. At about half the book I made the mistake of asking a professor about it and he told me that the account of the book was not true.
This kind of brought the second half down a notch. I did follow this one up with When Rabbit Howls https: Jul 24, Shaun rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes when my kids are really pushing my buttons, I remind them if they don't want the "mean" mommy to make an appearance they had better knock it off.
And to be sure, the "mean" mommy, the one who loses her composure and who feels as if she could literally pull her hair out, is far removed from the the loving and patient mommy I identify with, the mommy who also happens to be fascinated by the science of brain and behavior and the origin and experience of consciousness.
So this true story w Sometimes when my kids are really pushing my buttons, I remind them if they don't want the "mean" mommy to make an appearance they had better knock it off. So this true story which happens to read a little too much like fiction for my tastes of a woman who possessed sixteen personalities was at the very least intriguing. I think the mode of storytelling chosen and the hype that surrounded the story leaves itself wide open to criticism for obvious reasons, so I'll be interested to see what evidence is revealed in Sybil Exposed.
Sep 16, K rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't know if I can give this a fair review. I only picked it up because I was curious to read "Sybil Exposed" and thought I should read the original "Sybil" first.
As such, I went in with preconceived skepticism which, according to goodreads trolls, is a mortal sin and means I have no moral right to review this book.
So feel free to skip my review if that bothers you, or read on and take it from who it comes. The story of "Sybil" is certainly dramatic but not particularly credible. The book de I don't know if I can give this a fair review.
The book describes Sybil, a woman who has survived mind-bogglingly horrific physical and sexual abuse by her allegedly schizophrenic mother disturbingly dated notions of schizophrenia and the doctor's presumed ability to diagnose an unmet person are just the tip of the iceberg here , including episodes as a six-month-old infant and two-and-a-half-year-old toddler recounted by the author in detail.
Sybil has learned to cope with her abuse by dissociating and having other personalities, sixteen in total, overtake her body. Reading between the lines, there are glaring breaches of boundaries by Sybil's doctor which, if acknowledged at all by the author, are framed positively. There are plot holes and numerous questions about the sources for this level of detail. Of course, I may have been looking for reasons to be skeptical but they weren't hard to find. I suspect that "Sybil Exposed" will simply confirm and flesh out what I'm saying here, but I will read it anyway.
View all 24 comments. Nov 21, Vidushi Gupta rated it it was amazing. This is such a classic. One of the best piece of literature, or one can also say one of the finest example one could find about the beauty, the complexity and the vulnerability of a human mind and heart, and how far we can go to protect ourselves. A must, must read so as to understand humans better.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. View all 4 comments. Mar 05, Sara rated it liked it. This book is a true story, but it reads like a science-fiction at times just because it is so so sad and horrible.
If this book were better written and a little quicker paced I think it could easily become one of my favourites. Only read this if you can stomach reading about horrible things happening to little children Actually, I think everyone should read this just to realize how hard some people have it due to no fault of their own.
A good book to inspire a good nature vs nurture discussion. Oh also, Dr.
My husband and I had a discussion after I read that chapter about how annoyed we are when therepists make "confining religions" out to be the bad guys and act as if no one would have any mental problems if only God would stop being SO demanding On the doctor's behalf, however, Sybil's religious upbringing WAS over-the-top. Jun 03, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this in my freshman year of college, and it gave me nightmares, and really made me think I was going crazy.
I saw the movie first in psychology class in high school. Then, when I took psychology in college, this book was brought up, and I was intrigued. I have heard some say this isn't a true story, but even if it isn't, it is still frightening. The whole idea is just If you are looking for an interesting, can be scary to some, just I actually had a hard time reading it at times, especially at night because I just got weirded out. Jan 21, Sonia Gomes rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Everyone, the grit and determination are amazing.
The hard work that goes in trying to get your life back on track is heart warming but also heartbreaking. Rearing a family is hard work and kids never know what their parents will be like. Will they be abusive as Hattie Dorset was? Will they be happy people putting in a lot of effort to rear their children with love and concern.
Kids never know. Hattie Dorset may be one of the extremes in society, but to some extent everyone abuses their kids, in benign ways like pushing them for those endless c The hard work that goes in trying to get your life back on track is heart warming but also heartbreaking. Hattie Dorset may be one of the extremes in society, but to some extent everyone abuses their kids, in benign ways like pushing them for those endless classes, or parents who are not even aware that their kids exist, remember Matilda.
But consciously or unconsciously we do expect the unexpected from our kids, did we have similar parents, maybe.
The resilient do their best and stick on, the less resilient fall down a couple of times. But everyone tries to get back on track and that is extremely courageous. I have such tremendous respect for people trying to get back on track. Coming back to Sybil, Hattie Dorset was not at all a mother as we define a Mother, she was an abusive person. She abused Sybil in every possible way, sexually, physically, mentally and ways we can never ever comprehend.
She abused Sybil so much that Sybil escaped into different worlds.
That Sybil's father pretended it was not happening and never lifted a finger to help a toddler is much worse. Of course we tend to excuse such behavior in multiple ways, but in whatever way we want to couch it, in whatever way we want to excuse people such as Sybil's parents, one word stands in my mind-EVIL. I know it is not in fashion to call any person evil these days, there are so many better sounding words but to me they were Evil persons torturing a small defenseless child View 1 comment.
I read this book in the mid 70s and I reread it a few times throughout the next decade or so. It tells a heartbreaking, fascinating and absorbing story of a woman with multiple personality disorder, which is a dissociative disorder. Extremely disturbing I read this book in the mid 70s and I reread it a few times throughout the next decade or so. Extremely disturbing passages about child abuse.
Mar 12, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: Sybil is a perfectly normal woman in almost every way - except that she isn't just Sybil.
She's also several other people. This true story of a person struggling with dissociative identity disorder originally called multiple personality disorder is both terrifying and powerful.
Feb 21, Jack rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I noticed that someone mentioned that this book is more fiction than fact and also another about how unbelievable the story was. During the 's I worked at an adult home where we had a female patient who held a doctorate degree. One day you could talk to her and she was marvelously funny an remembered everything you talked with her on previous conversations.
The other twenty days she was a different character from the book "Anne Frank.
On about the twentieth day I would be able to talk to the doctors real ego. I was always amazed and saddened to find someone else inside the next day. On the last day of her life I found her dying alone in her room ruptured internally by a quart coke bottle that broke insider her and then repeatedly ruptured her internals. I have not recovered from this event which carries with it other horrid events that occurred on this day. This disease is no joke and probably the least understood till this day.
I read Sybill four years before the event with my Dr. Similar strange events caused by brain damage is covered in the book American Wop: That's why you're here! Sep 02, n rated it liked it Recommends it for: While really unsettling, Sybil allowed me to realise the importance of the psychology of characters in one's writing.
How each personality is constructed reveals intimate details on how to create fictional characters or how to borrow from real people into characters of one's own.
I was W A Y to young to be reading this without someone to talk to about it afterwards. I have read this book 50 some odd times. Jun 19, Psipsipsi rated it did not like it. I started to read this book many years ago - never finished it as it was undoubtedly a big con.
The ingredients were obvious - a disturbed and suggestible young woman, a grossly inadequate fame-seeking psychiatrist, and an unethical journalist. It's amazing that despite its exposure as a fraud e. Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan the book is still being marketed, read, and believed. What is particularly sad is that all "Sybil's" psychological problems were easily avoidable.
Debbie Nathan, while I started to read this book many years ago - never finished it as it was undoubtedly a big con. Debbie Nathan, while researching for her book, visited the family doctor that treated "Sybil" as a child. She had suffered from Pernicious anemia, as had her mother, and the GP had successfully kept "Sybil" in her happy family home symptom free with liver extract. Her mother suffered from the same condition. When "Sybil" left the family home to study she stopped the liver extract and over the next year it seems that her psychological symptoms returned.
This time, tragically for her, she went to see the incompetent Psychiatrist who did not take a proper Medical history and so misdiagnosed her. Many of "Sybil's" memories and other personalities were elicited when she was under the influence of pentothal, some when she was literally in bed with her Psychiatrist.
I highly recommend Debbie Nathan's book.
I read this book as a teen, and it left a lasting impression on me. This story of a woman with sixteen personalities, purportedly based on real life, hooked me at the time of reading it.
It was one of the factors getting me interested in "pop" psychology. Now I hear that it has been challenged like so many similar books , but that does not take away from its fascination. The book is well-written, even though the scen I read this book as a teen, and it left a lasting impression on me. The book is well-written, even though the scenes of child abuse by Sybil's schizophrenic mother are graphic and disturbing. However, it lost a bit of steam towards the end, as there is no clear description of Sybil's healing process.
Split personality became all the rage in India, after the movies Manichitrathazhu and Anniyan became blockbusters. View all 11 comments. Jan 11, Ksenia Anske rated it really liked it. This story was fascinating to read. And frightening. And too close to home. It stirred up lots of darkness in me, and helped me get rid of some.
That's what good books do. Mar 24, Terri rated it really liked it Shelves: A very fascinating book about a woman with Multiple Personality Disorder. Her journey to find out what was happening, understand it, and integrate. Oct 23, Sara rated it really liked it. I'd long heard of this book from my mother, who'd read it when it was more new in the literary world. So, in a sense, I was prepared for what lay ahead.
Sybil is a troubled woman who's led a rather Small town girl full of close-minded religion with a mother who abuses her in the most perverse ways for reasons that remained her own and a father who basically plugged his fingers in his ears to everything. All these traumas, betrayals, and fears both real and not begi I'd long heard of this book from my mother, who'd read it when it was more new in the literary world. All these traumas, betrayals, and fears both real and not begin to crack Sybil into shards emotionally and thus her personalities are born.
Each one even goes so far as to have their own physical appearance, though only in their eyes. Reading through I found myself really considering each personality their own person and not Sybil just speaking and acting differently. You come to feel they're all really individuals until it gets down into the nitty-gritty of why they're there. The reason I give this only 4 stars instead of 5 was I found a lot of places dragged on such as histories of both parents, even the grandparents, though I know for analysis it's necessary.
Likewise the later half of the book where the treatment gets intense and she's slowly healing, I felt agonizing.
Which, in itself, is ironic since I have a mental illness and I can sympathize with the time it takes to "get better. It was a good book, a real jaw-dropper in places, but it's definitely something you have to take chapter by chapter. It's sad she took so long to begin her life proper, but considering the timeframe it's no surprise.
Even now I imagine it would take as long to get a multiple personality of that calibur anywhere near the word "cured. Apr 11, Deana Carpenter rated it did not like it. June's Book Sybil 5 Jun 20, Readers Also Enjoyed.
About Flora Rheta Schreiber. Flora Rheta Schreiber. Flora Rheta Schreiber April 24, - November 3, , an American journalist, was the author of the bestseller Sybil, the story of a woman identified years later as Shirley Ardell Mason who suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Books by Flora Rheta Schreiber. Trivia About Sybil: The Classi Quotes from Sybil. You just do it. That makes you ready.