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E imaginative journalist who spun their story into bestseller gold From horrendously irresponsible therapeutic practices Sybil’s psychiatrist often brought an electroshock machine to Sybil’s apartment and climbed into bed with her while administering the treatment to calculated business decisions under an entity they named Sybil Inc the women signed a contract designating a three way split of profits from the book and its spin offs including board games tee shirts and dolls the story Nathan unfurls is full of over the top behavior Sybil’s psychiatrist driven by undisciplined idealism and galloping professional ambition subjected the young woman to years of antipsychotics psychedelics uppers and downers including an untold number of injections with Pentothal once known as “truth serum” but now widely recognized to provoke fantasies It was during these “treatments” that Sybil produced rambling garbled and probably “false memory”–based narratives of the hideous child abuse that her. I abandoned this book one third of the way through The case of Sybil and her diagnosis of multiple personality disorder sounds interesting and Debbie Nathan s writing is based on documents archived from the case that reportedly show the original story of Sybil was fabricated and the woman may have been coached to exaggerate her behavior and memoriesHowever Nathan s book jumps all over and wasn t written coherently Often I will try to push through on a nonfiction book but this one just didn t work for me Maybe you will like it

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Psychiatrist said caused her MPD Sybil Exposed uses investigative journalism to tell a fascinating tale that reads like fiction but is fact Nathan has followed an enormous trail of papers records photos and tapes to unearth the lives and passions of these three women The Sybil archive became available to the public only recently and Nathan examined all of it and provides proof that the story was an elaborate fraud albeit one that the perpetrators may have half believed Before Sybil was published there had been fewer than 200 known cases of MPD; within just a few years after than 40000 people would be diagnosed with it Set across the twentieth century and rooted in a time when few professional roles were available to women this is a story of corrosive sexism unchecked ambition and shaky theories of psychoanalysis exuberantly and drastically practiced It is the story of how one modest young woman’s life turned psychiatry on its head and radically changed the course of therapy and our culture as wel. A brilliant book that should be read by anyone who trusts a psychiatrist because they didn t stop being like the woman profiled in this book when the 80s ended I grew up among the psychiatrists of NYC in the 1950s as my father worked with them so nothing you would tell me about how screwed up and sexually abusive they were would surprise me I also got involved with a very popular local therapist in the 1990s who was planting false memories in her patients using hypnosis What an extremely unpleasant experience Because I m a novelist and spend a lot of time in a hypnotic state when I make up completely fictional stories I recognized the state the therapist induced with her hypnotic techniue I also recognized that the scenes she was making me recall though vivid were no real than scenes I d invented for my novels that took place on other planets But for someone who wasn t familiar with the landscape of imagination it would have been easy to believe that the scenes evoked by these dominating abuse obsessed therapists were real and that would be psychologically devastating This book does an excellent job of showing just how this kind of emotionally manipulative borderline personality therapist goes about finding weak people and exploiting them for their own selfish needs This is a disturbing book but one worth reading before you get involved with any therapist who specializes in childhood abuse My experience had been that such people often charge far than peers and feel entitled to profit from the harm done to children Their profiting is all too often yet abuse those ex child victims have to sufferGetting back to Sibyl the off the wall psycho abuse scenarios implanted in people with emotional issues by these abusive therapists did a real disservice not only to their victims but to the many children who really were and still are abused by adults because it makes it that much harder for them to be heard and helped If you do need therapy for this kind of problem look for therapists who do not make you relive the abuse or pump you for juicy details Successful healing from abuse involves getting in touch with the strong parts of your personality and learning to feel like a safe adult who can protect yourself Good therapists help you be stronger and focus on how you live in the present If yours isn t doing that fire them

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Sybil a name that conjures up enduring fascination for legions of obsessed fans who followed the nonfiction blockbuster from 1973 and the TV movie based on it starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward about a woman named Sybil with sixteen different personalities Sybil became both a pop phenomenon and a revolutionary force in the psychotherapy industry The book rocketed multiple personality disorder MPD into public consciousness and played a major role in having the diagnosis added to the psychiatric bible Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders But what do we really know about how Sybil came to be In her news breaking book Sybil Exposed journalist Debbie Nathan gives proof that the allegedly true story was largely fabricated The actual identity of Sybil Shirley Mason has been available for some years as has the idea that the book might have been exaggerated But in Sybil Exposed Nathan reveals what really powered the legend a trio of women the willing patient her ambitious shrink and th. Books I am reading do not usually give me nightmares but this one did Long ago when I was in graduate school studying psychology I was known to say that the problem with a condition like multiple personality disorder MPD was that if a psychologist or psychiatrist suspected that a patient might have such a condition it would be nearly impossible not to imagine the potential gold mine books movies publicity that the patient could provide Well it turns out that in the case of one of the most famous cases of MPD that s exactly what happened Ambitious domineering psychiatrist Wilbur meets highly suggestible patient Mason with undiagnosed and untreated pernicious anemia who develops a monstrous crush on the therapist and when the two of them run into a journalist Schreiber who is comfortable with bending and twisting the truth Sybil is born It s hard to entirely resist the inference that some kind of lesbian passion repressed or not helped fuel the folie a deux between Dr Connie Wilbur and Shirley Mason Flora Schreiber at least should have known better The fact that the three of them incorporated Sybil reveals just how baldly the lure of money and fame fueled their collaborationWhy am I so disturbed by this old story when all of the protagonists are long dead Because MPD begat the wave of people remembering repressed memories of their parents doing things like roasting babies in the back yard And that hysteria landed a bunch of child care providers in jail for committing crimes that were impossible and for which there was no evidence It s also a good example of a woman Mason with a very real medical condition pernicious anemia being diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder This is all too often the way that women s health issues especially autoimmune diseases are handled by the medical system As much as I enjoyed Toni Colette s terrific and funny turn as a woman with multiple personalities it s important for the public to understand that real cases of MPDDID are extremely rare if not non existent I highly recommend this book to anyone who has the stomach to read it It s as involving as any page turner but the story it tells is ultimately horrifyingNote The unabridged version of this review with pictures is now on my blog Cuppa with Candace at candacevanwordpresscom


10 thoughts on “Sybil Exposed

  1. says:

    ConcernedNathan's book full of untruthsAs Shirley Mason's closest living relative I was close to her for the 30 plus years through th

  2. says:

    IT WAS ALL A LIE or was it? A few decades back there was a movie called Sybil which was sort of a buzz movie Before that the story was a book I've never read the original book but I have seen the movie a few times Basically the book was about this woman whose named had been changed and her experience with Multiple Personality Disorder as it was called back then The movie was Crazy with a capital C This chick h

  3. says:

    Books I am reading do not usually give me nightmares but this one did Long ago when I was in graduate school studying psychology I was known to say that the problem with a condition like multiple personality diso

  4. says:

    I remember when I read Sybil It was during my first year of college Things were so different back then We have to remember when reading Nathan's book that child protective laws were nil during that time Children were considered chattel Children andor adult survivors didn't dare report child abuse to anyone They were either punished or called liars The idea that a person could 'tell' someone especially privately was brought to lif

  5. says:

    I abandoned this book one third of the way through The case of Sybil and her diagnosis of multiple personality disorder sounds interesting and Debbie Nathan's writing is based on documents archived from the case that reportedly show

  6. says:

    I was uite taken with the book Sybil when I read it years ago It seemed to present a plausible explanation for a run away semi street teen I knew who could easily be hypnotised into various supposedly past life personalities Sometimes these personalities even broke through on their own It was kind of scary to be around her at times

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    Back in 1974 I read a book called Sybil Starting in 1973 and continuing on through today millions of people worldwide have read that book The only difference is now there's a disclaimer on the bookSybil tells the story of well Sybil a pseudonym and how she had blank spots lost time She'd black out and wake up days later in a different city It tells the story of how Sybil and her heroic psychiatrist battled for 11 year

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    So everybody jump on the bandwagon there's another book denying the reality of multiple personality well it's called Dissociative Identity Dis

  9. says:

    A brilliant book that should be read by anyone who trusts a psychiatrist because they didn't stop being like the woman profiled in this book when the 80s ended I grew up among the psychiatrists of NYC in the 1950s as my father worked with them

  10. says:

    In the course of reading this book I went back and looked at summaries for the original Sybil The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities I was in high school when I read the book but looking back from 2012 and my own age and experiences I'm uite surprised anyone still believes this book to be true The abuse is so outrageous and diverse nothing makes sense It's like someone tried to think of e