The Myth Of Sanity: Divided Consciousness And The Promise Of Awareness

Paperback | February 26, 2002

byMartha Stout

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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.

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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 li...

Martha Stout, Ph.D. is a clinical instructor in psychology in the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School and a clinical associate at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her seventeen-year private practice has specialized in the treatment of psychological trauma survivors. She lives in Boston and Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 26, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142000558

ISBN - 13:9780142000557

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting The author mainly disproves the myth that some individuals who use dissociation as a coping mechanism to deal with childhood trauma are necessarily doomed to have no success nor relationships in their lives.
Date published: 2010-01-04

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Table of Contents

The Myth of SanityPreface
Acknowledgments
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

Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

"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