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Myth of Sanity : Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

Myth of Sanity : Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142000557

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ISBN13: 978-0142000557
ISBN10: 0142000558
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Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2001
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Myth of Sanity : Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142000557

Martha Stout

ISBN13: 978-0142000557
ISBN10: 0142000558
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Why does a gifted psychiatrist suddenly begin to torment his own beloved wife? How can a ninety-pound woman carry a massive air conditioner to the second floor of her home, install it in a window unassisted, and then not remember how it got there? Why would a brilliant feminist law student ask her fiancé to treat her like a helpless little girl? How can an ordinary, violence-fearing businessman once have been a gun-packing vigilante prowling the crime districts for a fight?

A startling new study in human consciousness, The Myth of Sanity is a landmark book about forgotten trauma, dissociated mental states, and multiple personality in everyday life. In its groundbreaking analysis of childhood trauma and dissociation and their far-reaching implications in adult life, it reveals that moderate dissociation is a normal mental reaction to pain and that even the most extreme dissociative reaction-multiple personality-is more common than we think. Through astonishing stories of people whose lives have been shattered by trauma and then remade, The Myth of Sanity shows us how to recognize these altered mental states in friends and family, even in ourselves.

Table of Contents

Part One: Dissociation

Chapter One: Old Souls
Chapter Two: When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday

Part Two: The Shell-Shocked Species

Chapter Three: Duck and Cover
Chapter Four: Pieces of Me
Chapter Five: The Human Condition

Part Three: Split Identity

Chapter Six: Replaced
Chapter Seven: Switchers

Part Four: Sanity

Chapter Eight: Why Parker Was Parker
Chapter Nine: As it Should Be


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