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Telling Without Talking: Art as a Window into the World of Multiple Personality 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0393701964
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People who have been abused as children often keep their memories locked in a strongbox of dissociation, hidden even from themselves. Since "Don't tell!" is the pledge exacted from them in words and actions by their perpetrators, adults who have suffered significant trauma as children create art that externalizes unspoken rage and grief. Their highly personal inner worlds and the experiences from which these worlds developed are revealed and concealed in startling images. This extensively illustrated book examines how creative expression can simultaneously disclose and camouflage information in artwork - especially information that is repressed and dissociated. Following the principles outlined here, readers can learn to recognize and decipher such graphic communications, characteristic of those with dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder). The authors, registered art therapists, begin with a concise examination of the essential ingredients of therapeutic artmaking, emphasizing the importance of visual literacy. They introduce their integrative method for helping viewers comprehend the many levels of meaning in these pictorial communications.

About the Author

Barry M. Cohen, MD, is a senior interventional cardiologist who practices with Associates in Cardiovascular Disease and is the former president of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Cardiology. He lives in Springfield, New Jersey. Bobbie Hasselbring is an award-winning health writer who has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books on health and psychology, including "Before You Call the Doctor" and "Women's Home Remedy Health Guide." She is a former senior editor for "Medical Self-Care" and has been recognized twice by the American Heart Association for her writing. She lives in Beavercreek, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393701964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393701968
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tascha Dresser on May 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a compilation of art work done in therapy by patients with Multiple personality/ disassociation identity disorder. The contents may be sometimes beautiful, sometimes revealing and sometimes shocking. Here you learn how to detect Disassociation identity disoder in people through paintings and drawings that reveal the systems of their alters, memories of the abuse, their sense of shatterd self images etc through what is called systems pictures, abreactional pictures, Chaos pictures, threat, induction, trance and switching pictures. Some of the pictures in this book are quite shocking and disturbing( meaning the ones that tell of the abuse that lead to this condition) but learning how to diagnose this disorder through the art work of people is fascinating . The book was written and compiled by a couple of art therapist who encountered several cases of MPD/DID in their work and developed a system through art to detect DID. I highly reccomend this book for anyone who cares to understand the world of people with MPD.DID further. You learn so much through these pictures.
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This book is designed for professionals who treat Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and so the language and information are pretty high-level. For those of us who live (edited: in my case, it's now "previously lived") with DID, the book does offer insight into our artwork, that it tells much more than one might guess at first glance.

If you're living with DID, the book I recommend first and foremost is [ASIN:0737303948 The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook (Sourcebooks)]. That's a great foundation, and Telling Without Talking is a valuable supplement. I was very fortunate - I got a used copy here on Amazon, and even with shipping it was less than $6.00. Still, especially for professionals who can write off expenses such as this, the book is well worth the suggested retail of $[...]
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I found this book to be very helpful especially concerning the unconscious processes/ manifestations.
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