Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities

Sybil The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities Here is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett a survivor of terrible childhood abuse who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts What happened during those blackouts ha

  • Title: Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities
  • Author: Flora Rheta Schreiber
  • ISBN: 9780446359405
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Here is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett, a survivor of terrible childhood abuse who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts What happened during those blackouts has made Sybil s experience one of the most famous psychological cases in the world.

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    • Flora Rheta Schreiber

      Flora Rheta Schreiber April 24, 1918 November 3, 1988 , an American journalist, was the author of the 1973 bestseller Sybil, the story of a woman identified years later as Shirley Ardell Mason who suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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    • Another old book review from my blog This was one seriously fucked up book I have never seen the movie but, of course, knew what I was in for when I got the book The name Sybil is very well known, and carries some stigma, in pop culture However, I had no concept of the extent or the perversity of Sybil s mother s abuse which had been the prime instigation for Sybil s dissociations When I was reading the sections describing what she had done to her daughter, I was literally beating my head with t [...]

    • A nasty piece of work What s worse is it s a fraud Sibyl s doctor manipulated her with drug dependency and emotional blackmail into agreeing with the doctor s pet theories about multiple personalities, which had catastrophic effects on psychology for decades.It s like reading a transcript of a witch trial confession.This book does a serious disservice to abuse victims.

    • I had to read this in high school for my Psychology class I d never heard of Sybil or multiple personalities I was so skeptical about all of it that when I read the book I had a hard time stopping with the class We weren t allowed to read ahead and I was chomping at the bit to read the ending Great book and side note the movie is just as good Sally Field was superb in it.

    • This book is one of the most disgusting books ever written For all of you about to read this book, thinking it s a true story, please read the following This book was the brainchild of three women Cornelia Wilbur, Shirley Mason, and Flora Schreiber Shirley, or Sybil as she s known, did not suffer from DID She actually had Pernicious Anemia Extensive research has been done on Sybil s case, and it has been proven that the entire book was fictious.Shirley developed all of her personalities after wo [...]

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    • This was a very fascinating and at times very disturbing book I probably would have given it 4 stars, but I made the mistake of looking up details about this woman online prior to finishing the book which really changed my feelings about the actual author and doctor involved Apparently this woman s story is very controversial in the mental health field Had I known that, I would have finished the book prior to looking up details online on this under spoiler , and I would suggest that if you read [...]

    • As a YA librarian I get tons upon tons of requests for A Child Called It, a fantastically horrible memoir about a childhood spent living with an abusive mother I frequently get questions from other librarians that go something like why do teens like to read that junk Well, it wasn t that long ago that adults all over the country were caught up in Sybil, a book that is the grandfather of the tragic childhood memoir.When Sybil came to Dr Wilbur for analysis, there wasn t a lot of material on multi [...]

    • 10 8 I have been wanting to read this for nearly two decades, since I first heard about the case when I was 12 or 13 In those intervening 18 years I ve seen the Sally Field movie and learned the truth behind this story, but I m still fascinated by the idea of true DID and even if I have to treat it as a fictional account of DID I m excited to start reading it tonight To be continuedLater The fraudulent nature of this book aside, the writing is annoying the hell out of me it s way too flowery In [...]

    • Sometimes when my kids are really pushing my buttons, I remind them if they don t want the mean mommy to make an appearance they had better knock it off And to be sure, the mean mommy, the one who loses her composure and who feels as if she could literally pull her hair out, is far removed from the the loving and patient mommy I identify with, the mommy who also happens to be fascinated by the science of brain and behavior and the origin and experience of consciousness.So this true story which h [...]

    • I don t know if I can give this a fair review I only picked it up because I was curious to read Sybil Exposed and thought I should read the original Sybil first As such, I went in with preconceived skepticism which, according to trolls, is a mortal sin and means I have no moral right to review this book So feel free to skip my review if that bothers you, or read on and take it from who it comes.The story of Sybil is certainly dramatic but not particularly credible The book describes Sybil, a wom [...]

    • The hard work that goes in trying to get your life back on track is heart warming but also heartbreaking Rearing a family is hard work and kids never know what their parents will be like Will they be abusive as Hattie Dorset was Will they be happy people putting in a lot of effort to rear their children with love and concern Kids never know.Hattie Dorset may be one of the extremes in society, but to some extent everyone abuses their kids, in benign ways like pushing them for those endless classe [...]

    • REALLY INTERESTING if you re at all into psychology or childhood trauma This book is a true story, but it reads like a science fiction at times just because it is so so sad and horrible.If this book were better written and a little quicker paced I think it could easily become one of my favourites Only read this if you can stomach reading about horrible things happening to little children Actually, I think everyone should read this just to realize how hard some people have it due to no fault of t [...]

    • I read this in my freshman year of college, and it gave me nightmares, and really made me think I was going crazy I saw the movie first in psychology class in high school Then, when I took psychology in college, this book was brought up, and I was intrigued I have heard some say this isn t a true story, but even if it isn t, it is still frightening The whole idea is justyond bizarre If you are looking for an interesting, can be scary to some, justazy story, this might just be the book for you I [...]

    • I read this book in the mid 70s and I reread it a few times throughout the next decade or so It tells a heartbreaking, fascinating and absorbing story of a woman with multiple personality disorder, which is a dissociative disorder I ve heard over the years that the story is fiction than non fiction, but I still like the book just as much as I did when I believed it was 100% true A really sobering look at how childhood trauma can seriously affect one s mental health Extremely disturbing passages [...]

    • I noticed that someone mentioned that this book is fiction than fact and also another about how unbelievable the story was.During the 1970 s I worked at an adult home where we had a female patient who held a doctorate degree One day you could talk to her and she was marvelously funny an remembered everything you talked with her on previous conversations The other twenty days she was a different character from the book Anne Frank She also mimicked the activities of guards that may of happened wh [...]

    • I started to read this book many years ago never finished it as it was undoubtedly a big con The ingredients were obvious a disturbed and suggestible young woman, a grossly inadequate fame seeking psychiatrist, and an unethical journalist It s amazing that despite its exposure as a fraud e.g Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan the book is still being marketed, read, and believed.What is particularly sad is that all Sybil s psychological problems were easily avoidable Debbie Nathan, while researching [...]

    • I read this book as a teen, and it left a lasting impression on me It was brought back to my mind after reading The Bird s Nest by Shirley Jackson.This story of a woman with sixteen personalities, purportedly based on real life, hooked me at the time of reading it It was one of the factors getting me interested in pop psychology Now I hear that it has been challenged like so many similar books , but that does not take away from its fascination.The book is well written, even though the scenes of [...]

    • While really unsettling,Sybilallowed me to realise the importance of the psychology of characters in one s writing An interesting read of a somewhat controversial diagnosis multiple personality dissociative identity ,Sybilis a must read for anyone interested in psychology How each personality is constructed reveals intimate details on how to create fictional characters or how to borrow from real people into characters of one s own.

    • I don t remember WHEN I read this, I only remember that I did and that it scared the living daylights out of me I was W A Y to young to be reading this without someone to talk to about it afterwards.

    • Sybil is the story of Sybil Dorsett, one of the first documented cases of multiple personality disorder as diagnosed and treated by her psychiatrist, Dr Cornelia Wilbur all names changed to protect the identities of the individuals Sybil experienced a lot of blank moments in her life time lapses where she didn t know where she had been or what she had been doing These lapses were what eventually made her seek out psychiatric help She grew up in a very restrictive and religious environment, but t [...]

    • I d long heard of this book from my mother, who d read it when it was new in the literary world So, in a sense, I was prepared for what lay ahead.Sybil is a troubled woman who s led a rather well let s say unusual life Small town girl full of close minded religion with a mother who abuses her in the most perverse ways for reasons that remained her own and a father who basically plugged his fingers in his ears to everything All these traumas, betrayals, and fears both real and not begin to crack [...]

    • currently, i hate this book i have read many, many horror stories of abusebut sybil s mother, clearly mentally ill and forever to be undiagnosed, is pathetic and sad and horrific i don t know if i ll finish this far it makes me want to vomit seen the movie with sally fieldat s much tolerable.e mother in that film is nothing like what is portrayed in the book.

    • I made it about 100 pages into this book The writing is so terrible and bad young adult lit esque that I just couldn t soldier through the rest The story seems interesting from what I could filter out through the muck, but the poor writing kills any lingering concern with what happens to the dissociative identity disorder affected protagonist.

    • Sybil is a perfectly normal woman in almost every way except that she isn t just Sybil She s also several other people This true story of a person struggling with dissociative identity disorder originally called multiple personality disorder is both terrifying and powerful.

    • This story was fascinating to read And frightening And too close to home It stirred up lots of darkness in me, and helped me get rid of some That s what good books do.

    • A very fascinating book about a woman with Multiple Personality Disorder Her journey to find out what was happening, understand it, and integrate.

    • This book is really EXTRAORDINARY The way the author wrote it, the ways that the Doctor tried and did everything, and of Sybil losing and having hope It made me value what I have now not only the material things but also, I became really really very thankful to have the parents that I have now This book not only teaches us the analysis of a patient that has Multiple Personality Disorder, but also it makes us value friendship, our parents, and ourselves It s really an AMAZING book One part of thi [...]

    • Mungkin ini salah satu buku favorit saya sepanjang masa Buku yang diadopsi dari kisah nyata seorang gadis yang dilahirkan tahun 1923 di keluarga dan lingkungan yang begitu menekan dirinya, baik fisik terutama secara kejiwaan.Sybil kemudian mengalami MPD multiple personality disorder dan memiliki 16 kepribadian Setiap kepribadian memiliki karakter dan nama sendiri Kepribadian inti nyaris tidak mengenali pribadi pribadi lainnya sehingga seringkali dia merasakan ada waktu yang hilang dalam hidupnya [...]

    • If I was a proper member Starts book Includes around 10 15 updates, usually with quotes from the book itself, offering my own insight into the value of the novel Takes about 2 3 weeks to finish a book, and continues to read at a steady pace Recommends book to others, starts group about it, and continues to explore the topic of the novelDefinitely not me Yes, I finished this book in about two days, but that s because it was sooo good I didn t have time to update every second because that would re [...]

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