Skip to comments.'Sybil' is one big psych-out (multiple personalities was multiple lies)
Posted on 10/17/2011 6:51:30 AM PDT by decimon
Sybil, the shocking true story of a woman shattered into 16 distinct personalities that helped her to dig up repressed memories of monstrous childhood sexual abuse, sold nearly 7 million copies when it was published in 1973. A serialized version ran in newspapers around the nation as readers gasped at scenes of Sybils demented mother defecating on lawns, conducting lesbian orgies and raping her daughter with kitchen utensils. This kind of sex and perversion had never before been published on the womens pages, writes author Debbie Nathan in a new book. Sybil was adapted into an Emmy-winning 1976 TV miniseries starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward that was viewed by one-fifth of the American public.
And it was an utter fraud.
Shirley continued, I do not have any multiple personalities ... I do not even have a double ... I am all of them. I have essentially been lying ... as trying to show you I felt I needed help ... Quite thrilling. Got me a lot of attention.
The therapist, who was already talking up her prize patient at psychiatry conferences, dismissed the letter as resistance and pushed on with the drugs and the therapy -- this time, five days a week. Soon Shirley was again putting on a split-personality show in Connies office. No one else except her roommate was ever treated to these performances.
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My husband’s previous wife was diagnosed with multiple personalities. She would even spell her name differently depending on the personality that was ‘out’. From the stories he’s told me, it does seem that it was real. Very strange...
That’s just your “Reverse Personality” coming out to overwhelm your “I have the money right here” personality. Fight it by opening your wallet.
Don’t you feel better now?
Are you really a Buddhist?
Didn't you say that before? :-)
That’s what I keep asking myself.
Awesome post. And I learned a new word too.
This is from some decades past so please make allowance.
A story from, IIRC, a psychiatrist. He said he was taught and had believed that a person should display but one personality. Then one day he sat down to write several overdue letters to people he knew. When he finished it struck him that the letters were all different. Each was written according to the relationship he had with the addressee. That experience changed his view on personality.
That was sketchy but I guess you’ll get the drift.
Which self? ;)
We don't recall.
As for multiple personalities I don't actually believe in them unless the person is actually schitzo and then that is slightly different.
This was the person who convinced me demon possession was real. When I looked in her eyes, what was looking out at me wasn't human, but something feral, evil, and mocking.
I had a similar experience later with another library patron: same sense of a calculating, evil, non-human presence in the eyes.
She started to say in a very female voice, Hes coming. Then she changed. I dont know how else to describe it. Her voice became that of a mans.... Her throat and face changed appearance.
The throat and face changing when her voice changed makes perfect sense, because it's the shape of the mouth and throat that create a particular voice. That's why impressionists, when mimicking a particular personality, sometimes take on some of the facial features of that person: the shape of the face is part of imitating the voice.
It makes sense that a demon would be able to control the shape of the mouth and throat to a greater extent than any human impressionist.
And you’ve got to wonder how many thousands of lives have been destroyed as a result of “therapists” believing in such a phenomenon because of that book and manipulating patients into “remembering” all sorts of things that never occurred.
More from Lloyd deMause:
“It must not be imagined that phrases such as “the victims of Reaganomics” are purely metaphorical. An effective sacrifice requires a real Man Eater and real deaths. lt is not too dif-ficult to determine the approximate number of additional deaths brought about during Reagan’s Time of Sacrifice. A careful statistical analysis has been made by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee of the average increase in mortality rates during recessions for suicide, homicide, cardiovascular deaths and other indices of mortality affected by economic activity. Extended to the present period, these rates show that approximately 150,000 additional deaths can be attributed to the effects of Reaganomics.(18) To this figure must be added the deaths attributable to Reagan’s budget-cutting efforts - mainly those aimed at the tens of millions of women and children helped by government programs-such as the deaths caused by the reduction in child nutrition programs, in Aid to Families With Dependent Children, in nutrition programs for low-income pregnant women, in the Federal School Lunch Program, in funds for handicapped children, in disability benefits and so on. The direct cutting of such aid easily pushes the death toll for Reaganomics far over the150,000 figure.(19) Finally, this figure does not include the indirect deaths produced by such effects as the reduction in environmental protection enforcement, cuts in aid to philanthropic organizations, including UNICEF, the loss of health insurance by millions of unemployed workers, the deaths in underdeveloped countries affected by the Reagan recession and many other similarly lethal actions.”
Politically he’s pretty funny. But I’m referring to his site for the historical and anthropological references.
The fear that the infant would become a tyrant over the mother was so common that any childs crying was exclusively described as screaming [and the mother told to] remain hard and relentless toward her baby and never to talk to or hold it in her lap so that after a few nights, the child will understand that its screaming will have no effect and is quiet. 33 (Even rats who are tied up and never handled in their early years grow up vicious.)34 Since the small child has a notorious smell, mothers often put them, swaddled, in a bag, which they hung on the wall or on a tree, while the mothers did other things.35 Since the pedophobia of the mothers continued after their infants were out of swaddling clothes, there were many other restraint devices available to assure that the child would not be a demanding tyrant, such as tight corsets with steel backboards and steel collars, long straps around the body to restrain the child,36 anti-masturbation cages, etc. Painful enemas were routinely applied in daily rituals that were actually sexual assaults on the anus, beginning around six months of age, before sphincter control is available to the infant,37 with the mother or nurse sometimes tying the child up in leather straps and inserting the two-foot-long enema tube over and over again as punishment for its accidents. 38 Many cities had special enema stores that German children were routinely taken to in order to be fitted for their proper enema size. German preoccupation with feces was so widespread that Alan Dundes wrote an entire book about it (Life is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder short and sh-tty).39
Since the childs real nature was considered sinful, their free will had to be broken, and beating was the main way to accomplish this. Psychohistorian Aurel Endes extensive analysis of German autobiographies was entitled simply Battering and Neglect because, as he put it, there was no bright side to report about the universal German practice of beating children into obedience.40 Beating, said one German doctor, must begin early, even in infancy, and consistently repeated until the child calms down or falls asleep [for then] one is master of the child forever. From now on a glance, a word, a single threatening gesture, is sufficient to rule the child. 41 German parents were often described as being in a righteous rage during the beatings while they hammered obedience into them, and the children often lost consciousness. Schools were beating factories: At school we were beaten until our skin smoked. 42 Hitler's father routinely battered him into unconsciousness. 43 Children regularly had to be dragged violently to school screaming, they were so afraid of the daily batterings that were inflicted there, and childhood suicides were frequent in reaction to beatings or such practices as cold water bathing that was often practiced to harden them.44 Childhood suicides in Germany were over three times higher than in other European countries.45
It was the darndest thing I have ever witnessed. Now, working in hospital Security, we were “use” to fighting people on PCP, delusional etc... but not like this. A person on PCP is violent and extremely strong; however, the facial appearance, throat, voice etc... don’t change. What was startling to me was that this poor woman was highly educated. She was a research scientist at a local government hospital. From talking to one of the psych nurses later, the woman managed over the years to suppress “him” but was having difficulty at the moment and she admitted herself. It gave me an uneasy feeling then and it still does simply because I don’t understand it.
“Are you really a Buddhist?”
Really. I practice mainly in the Tibetan Galugpa tradition, with some currents of Nyingma practice thrown in, and I came to Buddhism by way of Kashmir Shaivite Hinduism, the smell of which still permeates my mental landscape and my practices. :)
Bi-polar is not the same thing as “Multiple Personality Disorder”. Bi-polar is what they used to call Manic Depression, it’s like drastic mood swings but no separate personas.
So much damage done because of an attention monger.
So much damage done because of an attention monger.
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