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I Am More Than One: How Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder Have Found Success in Life and Work Paperback – August 29, 2006
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From the Back Cover
“I've lived this way and managed for all of my life. And I don't view it as dysfunctional, actually. I like the way that I am, and it works.”
--Lucy, 44, a social worker
You can lead a fulfilled and productive life, even with the challenges of dissociative identity disorder. The women in I Am More than One are living proof that you can find new sources of strength through family and friends, build a rewarding, successful career, and still hold on to your own unique identity. Their stories are messages of hope and encouragement drawn from their real-life experiences as working women who have struggled, endured, and, ultimately, prevailed.
You'll meet Samantha, a lawyer who learned that one part of her mind helped her earn her degree and launch her own business while other parts had no idea what was happening . . . Reba, a registered nurse with multiple personalities who negotiates with all of them to perform different everyday tasks more smoothly . . . Caroline, a busy grandmother and accountant who enjoys having part of her mind exclusively for work . . . and seven other strong, unforgettable women who are trying to live their lives to the fullest.
About the Author
Jane Wegscheider Hyman, Ph.D., is a researcher and writer on women's health and a member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the author of several books and a contributor to the bestsellers The New Our Bodies, Ourselves and Ourselves, Growing Older.
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Instead our author investigates the concept that people with DID can indeed lead functional lives in the world and in the professional workplace, and shows us how, often with the invaluable assistance of their alters, they go about dong so. As a result of this mission, she mindfully foregoes the gory details of the childhood abuse that other books often stress, and instead concentrates on how, with the help of their inners, her professionally successful interviewees manage to make their way through the world in the here and now.
One thing worth noting : The folks in this book have all had extensive therapy and as a result have come a long long way down the path toward resolving the issues that brough about their DID in the first place. As a result, it would not be fair to say that this book presents an accurate overview of the situation that all people with DID find themselves in. Many people have not come as far as those in this book, and are still in the midst of their struggles.
However, through illustrating how such people can indeed live healthy professional lives through developing a cooperative ability to live in harmony with their inner families, this book places itself squarely in the middle of a developing "New Wave" of thinking on the subject of multiple personalities. A new mode of thinking that is begining to frame alter personalities in a considerably more positive light than in the past, and as worthy personal resources that, given the choice, many people with DID would not choose to do without.