BOOK Sybil By Flora Rheta Schreiber
MOBI Ò DOC Sybil By Flora Rheta Schreiber 9780446359405 ê 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 casesBlackouts has made Sybil's experience one of the most famous psychological cases in the worl 108 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 the preface Schreiber talks about her other publications most of which are psychiatry journal articles and the like and it's plain to see that this was her first full length novel She knows she needs to engage the reading public who aren't her normal audience of fellow doctors and she knows she can't do that with the dry language of a medical journal Unfortunately she goes way too far in her attempt to not be dry Sentences like The key to room 1113 was the engine that drove her the motor on which her panic turnedand She was ready to go wherever the bus would take her anywhere everywhere world beyond world without end anywheresmack of trying too hard I mean what on earth does world beyond world without end mean in he context of the situation Sybil has found herself in she's 'woken up' in an unknown city with no idea how she got there she walks for ages through deserted streets till finally finding a bus which she gets on figuring it'll take her towards civilisation? I can suspend my sense of injustice at what the patient was coerced into believing but I'm not sure I can suspend my annoyance with the writing at the same timeAs I said before I've wanted to read this for ages and it's a gigantic disappointment to be feeling this negatively verbose only nine pages in not counting numerous pages of preface I feel like this is where Multiple Personality Disorder now Dissociative Identity Disorder became known to the wider public Despite being revealed to be fake this book brought a real though in truth very rare disorder out of the stuff of myths and legends something of a silver lining in that despite none of this book being true the disorder was no longer completely unheard of for real suffers To be continued128 On page 45 Why do we care that her bra is tiny? And if there's a good reason for knowing this inconseuential fact why isn't it followed up with information relating to the size of her bra? I don't know I just found the fact that Schreiber took the time to comment on such a silly little thing strange138 This book seems to have a DID of its own The first chapter was the immature child who tried too hard for affection using stupid nonsensical flowery phrases in a medical true story pseudo or not doesn't endear the reading public but from the second chapter on where Schreiber begins to detail Sybil's experience with Dr Wilbur from the beginning we've been reading from a much assured and confident writerThe idea that you could experience an emotional moment at the funeral of a loved one and then wake up at school two years later is terrifying I can't imagine what that would have been like for a sufferer who actually went through something similar I don't know how anyone could go through that alone without any understanding of what was happening without believing that they had truly gone crazy To be continued148 The atrocities that are described here that were perpetrated on Sybil are beyond belief beyond my imagining The description of the cold water enema was very disturbing If you haven't got a strong tolerance for unsanitised descriptions of extreme child and I mean toddler abuse there are a couple of chapters you should definitely skip 14 and 15 will not be good for your mental health All I can say is I hope to God Wilbur didn't hypnotise 'Sybil' into believing this happened to her if indeed none of this story is true The thought that a patient might be 'given' these memories because the doctor didn't know what she was doing and was over eager at the possibility of discovering a 'modern' sufferer of DID makes me sickEvery time Schreiber writes about what Dr Wilbur was thinking after a session with Sybil I can clearly hear Wilbur's excitement at exploring the personalities being successful in her treatment of Sybil becoming world famous as the psychoanalyst who 'cured' the most extreme case of DID ever documented Every time I imagine her I see her eyes with dollar signs spinning in them like in the cartoons I don't see her as doing any of this altruistically despite her claim of feeling like a friend towards Sybil during their trip to the country she just wants to publish journal articles on the fascinating case of 'Sybil'
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Se who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts What happened during those 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 this book don't look up stuff online until you finish itSPOILEROk this spoiler isn't really about things in the book itself but about the book's publication Apparently it's not really clear if this woman actually had multiple personalities Supposedly another doctor was asked if he wanted to be involved in this book and he said no because he did not consider Sybil a multiple personality he thought Sybil's main doctor led Sybil to believe she had multiple personalities The author supposedly stated that the publisher wanted a book about a multiple personality so they had to write it that way Regardless of what is true it really changed my perception of the book What started out as fascinating to me suddenly looked like it was exploiting this poor sick woman It's even in the book that Sybil's main doctor introduces her to the author and it seems like they wanted to write a book about Sybil before they even consulted her By the end I just felt like the doctor and author were trying to make a uick buck off of Sybil which was really sad because she trusted them the profits of the book were apparently split three ways amongst the doctor author and patient In addition the book has a happy ending finish but that's not really how things turned out although in defense of the author things may have been really good when the book was published Sybil lived about another 25 years so the sadder things I read about her may have occurred after the book came out
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Sybil By Flora Rheta SchreibHere is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett a survivor of terrible childhood abu Another old book review from my blogThis 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 the book and saying That's so fucked up out loud Good thing there was nobody around to hear me except for Magnum As far as writing style I wouldn't say it was the best A little too clinical in the language and a little lacking in the dramatic elements I am sure this is mostly due to the fact that the author Flora Rheta Schreiber was a psychiatrist and this was one of her first only? novels Not to mention that most of the conversations in the book were probably transcribed from tapes But despite slightly distracting writing uality imperfections this book was completely absorbing The I got to know about Sybil and the strange ways her unconscious had devised to help her cope with her abusive childhood the I felt like I was losing my own mind It was strange to ponder upon the potential psychoses that our brainsminds are capable of It seems that no matter how normal we might tell ourselves we are there are so many things we can't rememberso many events in our childhoods that can only be known through other people telling usit's frightening to wonder where those memories are and if there is some unconscious self lying beneath our conscious personality that is hoarding those memories from us or from a different perspective is protecting those memoriesand yet they are inaccessible to our waking self These are the kind of things I found myself thinking about on the bus or walking down the street while reading this book Also it was my first step away from sci fifantasy in some time and it opened my mind up to new knowledge of psychology and psychoanalysis that I found fascinating and plenty of food for thought I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in the mysteries of the human mind