The Myth of Sanity

The Myth of Sanity

Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

eBook - 2002
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Why does a gifted psychiatrist suddenly begin to torment his own beloved wife? How can a ninety-pound woman carry a massive air conditioner to the second floor of her home, install it in a window unassisted, and then not remember how it got there? Why would a brilliant feminist law student ask her fiancé to treat her like a helpless little girl? How can an ordinary, violence-fearing businessman once have been a gun-packing vigilante prowling the crime districts for a fight? A startling new study in human consciousness, The Myth of Sanity is a landmark book about forgotten trauma, dissociated mental states, and multiple personality in everyday life. In its groundbreaking analysis of childhood trauma and dissociation and their far-reaching implications in adult life, it reveals that moderate dissociation is a normal mental reaction to pain and that even the most extreme dissociative reaction-multiple personality-is more common than we think. Through astonishing stories of people whose lives have been shattered by trauma and then remade, The Myth of Sanity shows us how to recognize these altered mental states in friends and family, even in ourselves.
Publisher: 2002
ISBN: 9781101161630
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 09, 2017

A jewel. The author knows her stuff. Multiple examples of origins and manifestations of dissociative identity disorder. Good description of use of hypnosis in the recovery process. Good discussion of factors affecting prognosis. Examples of successful outcome. Suggestions for how to interact with persons affected by the disorder. Excellent discussion raising questions about to what degree our culture and our politicians are affected by dissociative identity disorder and other disorders, and the origins and continuing transmission of those disorders. And, no, this was written long before Trump was elected, but it brings to mind the inconsistencies of Obama, the constitutional scholar who authorized extrajudicial murders, and his rambling, hypnotic, say-nothing speeches. Dissociative?

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