You’re Me, He is You, I'm Him—Books on Multiple Personalities (or Dissociative Identity Disorder)

Minds which are fragmented into separate parts as a result of trauma.
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message 1: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Oooh - the only thing I can think of here is that Joanne Woodward film. Interesting subject that needs a look into.

:O)


message 2: by Seamus (new)

Seamus Ugh. This list unfortunately contains some of the worst books on the subject.


message 3: by Bettie (last edited Dec 28, 2011 05:15AM) (new)

Bettie Seamus wrote: "Ugh. This list unfortunately contains some of the worst books on the subject."

Well Seamus - instead of just giving out that 100% negative one-liner, please furnish us with some IYO better suited material, we'd all like a peek. One request though, not every one is a pro so perhaps hard-core only, would be difficult. Anyone else harbour a view? Thanks.


message 4: by Seamus (new)

Seamus Bettie, I did. I'll suggest some more later.


message 5: by Bettie (last edited Dec 29, 2011 09:32AM) (new)

Bettie Seamus wrote: "Bettie, I did. I'll suggest some more later."

thanks for replying Seamus - there are a quite a few sensationalist reads on this subject, mainly because we are all sane enough to be scared of becoming insane.

Insanity gets such bad press, even in these enlightened times ;OP


message 6: by Bookish (new)

Bookish DID / MPD is a way to retain sanity through horrific abuse, it's also 100% based on logic even if it way not seem like that from the outside - so meaning doesn't disappear. Diagnosis is usually the first thing that ever makes sense about the disorder, that explains what seemed unexplainable before.

Every personality is created for a specific purpose because the existing personalities can no longer manage the abuse. That's what makes it logical.

It's an interesting list but I wonder why fiction like Fight Club is in with biographies, although it's an excellent story.


message 7: by Astraea (new)

Astraea "Well Seamus - instead of just giving out that 100% negative one-liner, please furnish us with some IYO better suited material, we'd all like a peek."

Few if any books on multiplicity are written by multiples and not by their therapists. Even fewer focus on the simple experience of being multiple. Most concentrate on relating interminable tales of horrific abuse -- as Bookish describes -- and sensationalistic details related to blackouts. Neither of which are experienced by all multiples.

Even for people whose multiplicity originated with hellish abuse, these narratives can be monotonous. They also marginalize natural multiples and those who became multiple for reasons other than abuse. Worst of all, they give the impression that multiples are all helpless basket cases who cannot possibly live and work normally without centuries' worth of therapy and ultimately integration.

We are not all Sybil.

Ironically enough, this leads me to recommend When Rabbit Howls, because it was written by a group and not by their therapist, and because it illustrates how multiples live and work independently.

Andy


message 8: by Bookish (new)

Bookish Astrea - Of course 'blackouts' are often experienced by those with multiple personalities - loss of conscious awareness (dissociative amnesia), although not if you are co-conscious with other personalities.

Your suggestion that 'most of the book were written by their therapists' doesn't say which you mean - I don't think you have researched it.
Do be aware that sweeping statements like that can be used to suggest that all the *diagnosis* are motivated by therapists wanting to make money from the books, which is of course nonsense.
Regulations now actually prevent this from happening with ex-patients, along with things like them being offered job opportunites (by ex-therapists) right after leaving therapy.

Where is your information about When Rabbit Howls coming from? It's not something I've heard before and it sounds rather like a bit of misinformation from those that pretend DID doesn't exist. I'd like to know more of this. I believe Truddi & the troops died some years ago.

Several books here not written by therapists, i.e. autobiographies are
Five Farewells - Liz Elliott
Flock - Joan Frances
And the Angel Rocked Me: A Memoir of a Multiple Personality - Casey Jones
Today I'm Alice - Alice Jameison
First Person Plural - Dr Cameron West
Am I a good girl yet? - Carolyn Bramhall
Eve/I'm Eve - Chris Costner Sizemore (subject of "three faces of Eve")
A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder - Robert B. Oxnam
Rabbit Hole: A Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor's Story- David Shurter - see DavidShurter.com for more
A sum of my parts - Olga Trujillo
Amongst Ourselves: A Self-Help Guide to Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder - Tracy Alderman (co-written with partner)
Fractured - Ruth Dee

most of the authors I can't comment on

plus SYBIL: in her own words is based on her own painting and written by a friend (not therapist).

Don't class all/most multiplies as 'basket cases' - you aren't and most are not. However many go through absolute hell just to survive. If part of that hell is abuse then it's up to them to talk about it should they choose to.


message 9: by Bookish (new)

Bookish I forgot a few autobiographies -
Hell Minus One - Anne A. Johnson Davis
Coming Present

Does anyone know if this book about the Children of God cult covers DID, it souds from the desciption like it does given their age and the ritual abuse?
Not Without My Sister, by Celeste Jones, Christina Jones, and Juliana Buhrling


message 10: by Astraea (last edited Apr 06, 2013 12:34PM) (new)

Astraea "Your suggestion that 'most of the book were written by their therapists' doesn't say which you mean - I don't think you have researched it."

With very few exceptions, until the mid-90s or so, most books on MPD/DID really were written by the therapists or by a professional author working with the client (the "as told to" kind of thing). There are still some, like Switching Time, written this way.

This doesn't mean the diagnoses, or the clients, weren't genuine. Probably most of them were.

"Where is your information about When Rabbit Howls coming from? It's not something I've heard before and it sounds rather like a bit of misinformation from those that pretend DID doesn't exist. I'd like to know more of this."

When Rabbit Howls was written entirely by the Troops, and my information on that came from the Troops themselves in interviews, and from their editor at Dutton whom we spoke with twice in 1990. The Troops insisted on minimal editing, no spelling or grammar corrections, wanting to present themselves completely as they really were. It was mistakenly advertised as the first book written by a multiple.

It was after Rabbit came out in 1987 that publishers began to be more willing to accept books written by multiples, although usually "with" their therapists. Even Multiple Personality Disorder from the Inside Out reassured readers that the authors were "guided by therapists". That, of course, is exactly the kind of remark that leads to what you said -- people getting the idea that the therapists just led them into thinking they were multiple.

Some self-published and privately published books began to appear in the early to mid-1990s (Can I Look Now?: Recovery from Multiple Personality Disorder and As You Desire Me: The Psychology of a Multiple Personality for instance).

As you point out, there are a lot more of these personal narratives today, now that subsidy publishing and self-publishing have become more accessible and affordable. Both Sybil in her own words and After Sybil were published this way.

What I meant about therapists writing books on their multiple clients had more to do with the fact that there has always been a certain amount of objectification on the public view of multiplicity. Sort of like .. in order for the book to be "credible" to the public, it had to be written by the therapist because a multiple would be unable to organize their thoughts sufficiently to write a book. (I have actually seen this used as a rationale for dismissing the Troops and others as not credible.)

Or at the very least, their therapist has to write a foreword or commentary validating that they are for real. (Rabbit did have this, but the Troops' therapy and their relationship with Dr. Phillips was a little different from most therapist-client relationships in the other books.)

Hopefully, society at large is starting to understand that people are capable of speaking for themselves and describing their own experiences without being "guided" by some "expert" who's never experienced it himself.

Jay


message 11: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Are there any suggestions for works of fiction by authors who have DID/MPD, featuring characters with the same? As in, not autobiography, but fiction from an insider's perspective. I'm trying to find something like what Juliann Garey did with bipolar disorder in "Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See."


message 12: by Skyler (new)

Skyler Klee I wish this list only had books that gave an accurate portrayal... and a less triggering title? Lol.


message 13: by Astraea (new)

Astraea I could wish the same, believe me. We could wish they'd use titles that don't reference breaking, shattering, insanity or whatever. It's an odious reference.
Jay


message 14: by Astraea (new)

Astraea Elizabeth wrote: "Are there any suggestions for works of fiction by authors who have DID/MPD, featuring characters with the same? As in, not autobiography, but fiction from an insider's perspective."
Nearest thing I know is Creature of Habit, a Journey, would that qualify?
Jay


message 15: by Skyler (new)

Skyler Klee Unfortunately I can't follow along that well with storylines unless they are YA. Besides the one by Ellen Hopkins and The Half Life of Molly Pierce any suggestions?


message 16: by Anahita (new)

Anahita Why is The Hobbit on this list?


message 17: by Skyler (new)

Skyler Klee Anahita wrote: "Why is The Hobbit on this list?"

Cause Golem.


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