Myth of Sanity Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

ISBN-10: 0142000558
ISBN-13: 9780142000557
Edition: N/A
Authors: Martha Stout
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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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 fianc 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 Sanityis 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 Sanityshows us how to recognize these altered mental states in friends and family, even in ourselves. "We only think we're sane, says this Harvard psychologist. . . . The befuddled, normally sane masses can learn a lot from the victims of grave psychological abuse." (The Dallas Morning News)

Preface
Acknowledgments
Dissociation
Old Souls
When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday
The Shell-Shocked Species
Duck and Cover
Pieces of Me
The Human Condition
Split Identity
Replaced
Switchers
Sanity
Why Parker Was Parker
As it Should Be
Notes
Index

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