Anyone read this? I'm very interested in reading this book and I don't mind a *spolier*.
slight t/j but my husband tried to explain to his therapist that he wasn't himself when he cheated. no, he doesn't have multiple personalities, but the man who did cheat was never seen to me for 35 years before and 12 years after so, who knows what our psyches can do.
Based on the critical assessments and clinical observations I've read over the years, it does seem very likely that the doctor was not ethical in her treatment of Sybil and did present an inaccurate account of her case.
"When you can tell the story and it doesn't bring up any pain, you know it is healed." - Iyanla Vanzant, Broken Pieces
DID (or MPD) is an actual diagnosis from what I've heard. Some of those affected have been tested in their different personalities and there have been striking differences among them, up to and including different "native" languages, handwriting and IQ.
I don't know if Sybil was "created" or fabricated but there is one (who prefers to remain completely out of the spotlight) that was from the area I live and was treated in town. The book is The Minds of Billy Milligan (yes, that's his real name). Dr. Wilbur was peripherally involved in his case since she was the acknowledged "expert" in MPD. However, his case doesn't have the "happy ending" that Sybil's did. He was never fully integrated.
If you're interested in this kind of book, slhim, another one you may be interested in is called When Rabbit Screams. Also about an MPD patient but one who *chose* not to even try integration. It was written by The Troops For Trudy Chase (Yes that's the "author") and it gives and "inside" view of a MPD, written from their perspective.
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
I'm not saying I don't believe MPD isn't real. It's a very interesting subject to me. Regardless if most or part or all of Sybil was completly fabricated, the woman who came into Dr Wilbur's office that fateful day definitely had some serious psychological problems.
Maybe Santa will put this book in my stocking this year along with a couple other books I've been wanting to read. Hell, maybe Santa should just give me books for christmas, guess i'll have to get a rectangular stocking! (Just kidding Santa! I heart books but I also heart shiny things too!)