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When Rabbit Howls

Chase, Truddi (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
When Rabbit Howls


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When Truddi Chase began therapy she was already building a successful career, a marriage, and a family. But what she was seeking most were explanations for her extreme anxiety, mood swings, and periodic blackouts. What finally emerged from the four-year sessions was terrifying: Truddi Chase's mind and body were inhabited by the Troops- ninety-two individual voices that had rescued her from a shattering childhood of violent, ritualized sexual abuse by her stepfather that began when she was only two. For years the Troops created a world where she could hide from the pain, and be shielded from the truth. It was a world Truddi Chase didn't even know existed, until she and her therapist took a journey to where the nightmare began. Challenging every preconceived notion of the human mind, When Rabbit Howls is made all the more remarkable in that it was written by the Troops themselves- Truddi Chase's story is told by the very alter-egos who stayed with her, watched over her, and protected her. What they reveal is a spellbinding descent into a personal hell- and an ultimate, triumphant deliverance for the woman they became. .
Authors: Chase, Truddi
Title: When Rabbit howls
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2002
Edition: Berkley trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: xxvii, 367 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: The Troops for Truddi Chase ; introduction and epilogue by Robert A. Phillips, Jr
Additional Contributors: Phillips, Robert A.
ISBN: 0425183319
9780425183311
Branch Call Number: 616.852360092 C4878w 2002
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Report This Jan 19, 2013
  • bbonier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a powerful and heartbreaking story. Truddi Chase was sexually, physically and psychologically abused by her stepfather beginning at the age of 2, yes 2!. She was also physically and psychologically abused by her mother. Her only means of survival was to develop multiple personalities, 92 of them, and they protected her mind and prevented her from remembering the horror that was her life. But she was left with a constant unexplained fear and mistrust of others. As an adult, she sought help from Dr. Robert A. Phillips, Jr., who, through therapy, helped her personalities to become aware of each other and to work together to allow Truddi to remember the abuse and to fill the gap that was her past. She allowed him to videotape her therapy sessions and show them to his students, so that others would benefit from her experiences. Her "troops" wrote a manuscript, compiled daily throughout her therapy, which helped to reveal their different personalities. Most of the book is taken from the manuscript.

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