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Hoax and Reality: The Bizarre World of Multiple Personality Disorder [Paperback]

August Piper
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October 1, 1996 1568218540 978-1568218540 1
The number of cases of MPD has risen dramatically, but many of these cases have been created by inaccurate diagnosis. This book encourages a more critical evaluation of this disorder, which should help clinicians help those accurately diagnosed as well as those incorrectly diagnosed.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; 1 edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568218540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568218540
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor April 14, 2013
Frankly, given how old the book is I'm surprised it is still on sale. In it Piper acknowledges the existence of multiple personalities but calls it MPD rather than Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) which it was renamed to several years before the book's release.
The title 'Hoax and Reality' is clearly insensitive and offensive to those with the disorder and the phrase 'bizarre world' is also offensive when applied to mental health. Why would Piper himself use such a title for a disorder that he fully acknowledges does exist, and so why intentionally distress those people?
The image on the front cover of the goat is presumably some odd satanic reference and looks best intended for a sensationalist book rather than a piece of work to be taken seriously.

Many further studies and research have shown that DID cannot be created by hypnosis, suggestion, attention-seeking patients or unethical therapists. What has been shown is that DID is not very quick to diagnose and affects approximately 1% of the population (about as many as schziophrenia). The lack of scientific fact and basis for many of his opinions and assumptions is clear when you read this, and also probably the reason the book is so short.

Given that Piper acknowledges the fact the DID genuinely exists in a non-iatrogenic form it is curious that all his publications on the topic avoid discussing treatment options.

This is a surprisingly short book and very poor.
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22 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Prevails August 3, 2000
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I am currently reading the book, Hoax & Reality, and I can't thank the author enough for telling the truth of this phenomena. I recently had the opportunity to write an article about this issue, but had to turn the article down because I didn't believe in it and couldn't write an article favoring it when I didn't believe it existed (except as August Piper, Jr., says, very rarely). I even interviewed someone who claims to have D.I.D. (M.P.D.), and after more than three hours talking to this person, I still didn't believe it! Too many things just don't add up. I am so glad someone has applied true science, common sense and honesty to the phenomena and that this brave author has decided to take a stand. How wonderful to find someone who has the authority (Piper is an M.D.) to back up what I have believed for so long! Thank you, August Piper, Jr., M.D.!
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful View of a Fascinating Controversy October 24, 2006
In this thought-provoking, highly readable book, August Piper does NOT deny the existence of multiple personality personality disorder. In fact, he argues that the condition is all too prevalent -- but in many cases seems to be brought on and/or exacerbated by certain therapists whose convictions and practices approach those of a religious cult. (The author cites one theorist who uses the term "oppressive supernatural states disorder," and more than one who recommend treatment by exorcism.) Many of Dr. Piper's fellow-psychiatrists (MDs, as opposed to We-Don't-Know-WHATs) support his conclusions, as does a respectable body of broad research and individual case studies. The important contribution of "Hoax and Reality" is its clear explication, for the benefit of lay readers, of a fascinating controversy.
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