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Sybil Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Sybil is a story of such abuse at the hands of a mentally disturbed mother - sexual, physical and emotional abuse prevail. Sybil is a true story based on one of the most severe cases of MPD and child abuse in history. Over a span of twenty years, it reveals the various "personalities" living within one woman. How one could even survive such atrocities is beyond belief. The time period of this story ends in the 40's. Today, research continues on this subject and much has been learned since Sybil's case, but one can never have enough knowledge.
Sybil's personalities eventually merge and in 1998, the real Sybil died, finding, we hope, final peace and contentment. If you are interested in books on MPD, another true life story is, First Person Plural: My Life as a Multiple, by Cameron West, PH.D.
In the course of her treatment, Sybil proved to have no less than sixteen different personalities (including two male alters, Mike and Sid). The sophisticated Vicky was the "record keeper" of the selves, holding back the memories too painful for Sybil and the others to know. Peggy Lou was the repository of Sybil's anger--defiant, belligerent, contemptuous of Sybil and terrified of breaking glass; Vanessa, a redhead with impressive musical talent. Some, like Ruthie, were barely more than toddlers mentally.
Vicky had good reason to keep the memories in check. Sybil had endured a childhood so horrible the word "nightmarish" doesn't do it justice. The child of a schizophrenic mother, (called "Hattie") and a passive, distant Fundamentalist father, Sybil never knew what awful or outlandish thing her mother was liable to do.Read more ›
This book is a tantalizing journey through Sybil's life and journey to become whole again. It involves some graphic descriptions of horrible events that made Sybil split into multiple personalities and therefore may not be appropriate for children under 13 years of age.
I have learned a lot from this book and it has opened my eyes to the interesting field of psychology. I would have to call it one of the most interesting books I have ever read and I look forward to reading it again.
Therefore I hope everyone can take time out of his or her busy schedule to read this book.
Although the created personalities were aware of each other and able to communicate with each other to some degree, Sybil was completely unaware that they existed. What she knew was that there were many things she couldn't remember from her childhood, that seemingly ordinary objects and situations had the power to fill her with absolute terror, and that there were long periods of time she'd somehow blacked out. The most dramatic example of lost time was after Sybil's beloved grandmother's funeral, when Sybil was in third grade. She blacked out and returned to herself in a fifth-grade classroom. Her Peggy Lou personality had controlled her body for over a year.
This novel covers the course of Sybil's psychological treatment, leading her toward coming to terms with her childhood abuse and toward integrating her personalities into one complete self.
Although the validity of this story has been challenged, it is a compelling read even if treated as fiction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie, this is when i was introduced to miss fields work andi became a fan.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story of an abused child rings true today ..........
How sad to know that her suffering resulted in the many
Selves " Sybil " had to become to survive
Had seen it when it first came out and loved it then. Showed the video to my high school students and they enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Pat Corona
Considering it's actually a fictional book, it ruined the nostalgia for me.Published 2 months ago by Jessica Bassett
I read this book years ago in the 70's quite a few times and look forward to reading it again - good read and excellent author and great moviePublished 3 months ago by Patricia A Marino
A great story and horrifying. I hope Sybil had a satisfying life. It is a crime what was taken from her and that no one will ever pay. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story is based on the lies the real psychiatrist put into Sybil's mind. Sybil, who did live a real life in this world, had no children, but did wonderful artwork and was an art... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tara Dobbs
Even though it turns out that this isn't really a true story, it is just...messed up. I don't know how else to describe it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abramovitz