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When Rabbit Howls

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  15,183 ratings  ·  541 reviews
Truddi Chase began therapy to discover why she suffered from blackouts. What surfaced was terrifying: she was inhabited by 'the Troops'-92 individual personalities. This groundbreaking true story is made all the more extraordinary in that it was written by the Troops themselves. What they reveal is a spellbinding descent into a personal hell-and an ultimate deliverance for ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Berkley Books (first published June 8th 1987)
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Thomas Smith
Arguably the best and most realistic book available on the subject of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Though it is certainly fashionable to doubt the very existence of DID today, those who do so seem to be reacting more to the possibility of Truddi Chase's harrowing upbringing rather than what it caused psychologically. Since I am married to a multiple myself, I can assure any doubters that stories like Chase's happen all the time. Such damage may well be happening to someone right this mi ...more
Micaela Why
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justfinished
So, Truddi Chase survives a horrific childhood. She develops 92 personalities as a way of dealing with both the terrible things that happens to her and the subsequent memories that they leave behind-- each personality is responsible for a different set of memories, so the whole thing doesn't have to hurt or overwhelm her at once. The person known as "Truddi" is basically an empty shell that the personalities use to make themselves known.

It's also a true story.

I couldn't stop reading it. My right
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Stephy
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strong people survivors
I read this book, and others, because I am treated for DID. Dissociative Identity Disorder in women is not infrequently the end result of sexual abuse at a very young age. So it is with the subject of this book. It was very brave of her to write it, and I don't doubt that the writing helped in the recovery. It is a difficult book to read, with lots of triggers for survivors of sexual abuse at any age, male or female. The author did some incredibly hard work to get through the trauma she experien ...more
Lisa
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: psychology
As a clinical psychology student, I found the introduction far more valuable than the content of the book, for in the introduction the therapist revealed enough of his methods to discredit every single word that was written by the patient herself. Nothing she wrote or came to believe about herself can be trusted.

From 1985 to 1995 an estimated 40,000 Americans, most of them women, were told they suffered from multiple personality disorder. The author of this book is one of those people. She enter
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S. Div.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I first read this book when it was originally out, after seeing Chase on Oprah. I was a teen. A turnkey event in my healing, I was deeply impressed not only by Chase's courage to have survived such a childhood, but to have written about it to help others. That said, the book is very difficult to read, as it's written in a variety of voices and styles. How could it not be? Still, it's hard to read, in that it doesn't flow with the literary smoothness that a finished book should. Yet, for that rea ...more
Lindsey
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
No matter who you are, this book will affect you and make you think.

From the introduction on, my desire to keep an open mind was at war with skepticism. On the one hand, multiple personality is an unusual topic, to say the least, and even stranger than Sybil, this book was written by the personalities themselves--the "Troops for Truddi Chase" as they call themselves. Naturally one would not expect it to read like any ordinary book. On the other hand, a label that says "NF" with some official-lo

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Beth
Apr 12, 2008 rated it liked it
I found this book alternatively fascinating, unbelievable, horrifying and silly. I had heard elsewhere that there has been some speculation that the book is not legitimate but in fact is fabricated. When the story line became a little too weird (as in parts about reading minds and paranormal stuff) then that speculation kept running through my mind and I became a very cynical reader.

I also found the book hard to read in places because of the way it was written (supposedly) from a first person na
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Lori Sacks
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who have experience abuse of have someone in their life who has.
The subject matter of this book struck very close to home, which made it a difficult read. It was so difficult to experience it as the reader that it took me 4 tries and almost 6 years to get through it.

It is not the writing that is difficult to read it is witnessing, even through the written word, the experience of the writer.

It is a book that will always have a place of honor on my bookshelves because it is a book of true heroism and filled with hope.

Reading this book brought me to understand
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Alyson
Oct 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: I don't even know
This book is damned disturbing. I honestly don't know what to think about it. I saw the "author" on Oprah, and I still don't know if I believe it or not. I have a degree in psychology, and multiple personalities/abnormal psych have always been a particular area of interest to me but this....

I really don't know if I can believe it or not....If it's true, then it's definitely one of the most harrowing and disturbing stories I have ever read, and if it's not, it's some damned convincing writing.

On
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Cher
Jun 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
Do I believe in hundreds of distinct multiple personalities existing within one person? Nope, though I do believe in dissociative identity disorder's. Do I believe she had/has a total break with reality due to childhood trauma? Yes. Do I believe she burns out lightbulbs with the extra electricity generated by the complexity of her mind crammed so full of personalities fighting one another for dominance? Nope. Do I believe her stepfather sexually abused her and it was annoying of her to make the ...more
Ronni
Oct 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Not a fun read, but very interesting, particularly if you are interested in psychology. I actually didn't finish the last 3rd of the book in detail, kind of skimmed through it. It was very graphic in parts, which was hard to get through. I think what held me back from really liking it was that it is supposedly true, but the inner skeptic in me kept wondering if it was all true, how the author was able to pen this book "through" her other personalities in the manner she did. Multiple personality ...more
Carolyn Gerk
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to rate this book........
It confused me, it scared me, it intrigued me and it saddened me. It is an unbelievable non fiction account that literally makes me questions a time or two if it can really be true. It portrays the incredible strength of the human mind in the face of adversity and even the weaknesses of it.
The reader walks along with 'the woman' and her doctor getting a first hand telling of moment to moment life with multiple personalities and attempting to extract know
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Shanon
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A friend had this book delivered to me through Amazon just as I was about to take a 4 day greyhound trip cross country. I read it through twice, crying in front of strangers at several intervals. The tale is heartbreaking. Multiple Personalities and Dissociative Identity Disorder are two topics that have always fascinated and horrified me. There are some experiences that a person cannot face having lived through, the mind breaks, shatters, hides bits to protect itself and even changes facts. Or ...more
Frieda Adkins
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, our minds can't even begin to comprehend what is happening, and so to protect ourselves, a darker place is created where we can hide. But when these dark places are too deep – the damage is so severe – we can’t always find our way back out, so alternate realities take over. I can certainly see how the mind of a child so young could split (even multiple times), and how her true self left entirely. Think about recent news: Young kids being raped at 11, 12 by couches and clergymen; how m ...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're at all interested in psychology and the potential of the human psyche to both splinter and protect itself, then you should read this book.

It's both dark and fascinating, especially if you've had any interest in child psychology or human nature, like I have... And I'll freely admit being fascinated with the ways the human mind can react to stress and abuse.

The book is not necessarily an easy one to read, I should say that upfront. Previously known as multiple personality disorder, Dis
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Jackie
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you want to take a hard, disturbing and frightening look at what sexual abuse in such awful forms can do to a child then this is the book you must read. I caution young people reading this because it is pretty awful.

I was horrified at what I learned this poor little girl suffered but she endured with the mental scars to prove it. People scoff at multiple personality disorder but it is real. This is a very creative way to survive multiple traumas endured at an early age.

Truddi Chase passed awa
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Love
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I can not imagine one parent being this abusive let a lone two....What a sad sad story.A must read.
Megan
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well that was interesting and does give insight into DID and abuse. But I felt like a was trying too wade through it by the middle of the book.
Erin
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
i'm probably a terrible person. i read Sybil long ago and i loved the book (well…."loved" is not an appropriate adjective here, but i'm sure you get my meaning) and i thought the movie was incredible as well. without getting too tmi, i related a little too closely to the experiences Sybil went through. however, i found When Rabbit Howls to smell distinctly fantastical. i had an incredibly hard time believing in descriptions about how the lights would flicker when different personalities would sh ...more
Jeremy
Jul 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most

A more modern take on the "Sybil" acount of Multiple Personality Disorder. This book moves more quickly and is a bit more graphic than "Sybil" as it was written more recently. Although, it may not make you a firm believer in the disorder it will certainly make you think twice before doubting the possibility that it does exist.
Rebecca Hansen
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book that offers an intruiging look into the mind of a multiple personality. Parts are incredibly disturbing as she discribes some of the horrible events in her childhood that have caused her mind to shatter into seperate personalities in order to cope.
Amy
So good. Totally and completely fucked up, but good.
Cheryl
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Feel like I slept my way through that book. Small parts made sense and were touching but the majority of it was disjointed and were unbelievable. Overall a complete waste of intellectual time.
Karla Rutherford
Feb 12, 2008 rated it liked it
What a heartrending story. It frightens me to know there are deviants out there like this.
Aki
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally done!

I admit, the last few pages I just skimmed through - I just wanted to be done with it, but needed the closure of the end.

I think it's important to know that the terminology is outdated. It's better read as a historical document and one persons personal account than as source of knowledge about DID. A lot has happened in Psychiatry/Psychology since the 80es.

Other than that, I find it difficult to have an opinion on this book. It's difficult to read, triggering and sometimes outrigh
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Joleen
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
True story of Truddi Chase, a victim of abuse as a child causing split personalities.

I had been fascinated by Sybil years ago, reading that book two or three times. AfterI saw Truddi Chase on a television show I read the book. This was a harder book to read. Sybil was fascinating, but after reading When Rabbit Howls, I decided to put away my fascination with multiple personalities.
Nivedita
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading is the only way to live more lives than the one you have.
When rabbit howls is about Truddi Chase and her experience during therapy. She has multiple personality disorder, now known as DID- Dissociative Identity Disorder. Troops are the multiple personalities that protect Truddi Chase. The hardest parts of the book for me, were the details of sexual abuse inflicted by her stepfather and mother. As the child is abused by her parents repeatedly, her mind scrambles to save her and creates a
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Craig
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating & frustrating...the structure / style seems fictional -- it's more time with the therapist than with Truddi -- and yet the reader is to believe this is Truddi's journal. It leaves me wondering: is the doctor real? One of her Troops? Ghostwriting?

Additionally, there is a bloat in the middle where it seems as if the reader gets the same chapter repeated about six or seven times. I realize therapy is a process, but an editor should have tightened that up.

In the end, MPD/ DID naysa
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Kathy
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
this book was interesting but it certainly wasn't true. first of all, ESP doesn't exist, and neither do "spirits", so claiming to communicate with esp and to spirits disqualifies the book from the nonfiction category.

secondly, the author claims to have felt similar to "Sybil", a well known case of "multiple personality" that has been thoroughly debunked. similarity to a fictional story doesn't make your story more true.

third, I do not believe a petite woman who was "skin and bones" (her descript
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Broodingferret
This book was fascinating, very well written, and very difficult to read. Unlike many other books on the subject, which are written by the clinician involved, When Rabbit Howls is an autobiographical account of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) and learning to come to grips with both it and the absolutely obscene abuse that is believed to have led to it (in her case). In an effort to make the experience clear to a lay audience while still conveyi ...more
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Truddi M. Chase and "The Troops" were the authors of When Rabbit Howls, an autobiography describing their childhood life with a sexually psychotic stepfather.

In the early 1980s, Chase began therapy to address feelings of extreme fear and distress which she thought might be related to the fact that her stepfather had "fondled" her. What she uncovered with Dr. Robert Phillips was a snakepit of sexua
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