The Myth of Sanity

The Myth of Sanity

Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

Book - 2001
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You are driving from one familiar place to another and realize upon arriving that you can't remember how you got there. Or, on a holiday trip home to see family, you find you are inexplicably fatigued. Perhaps it's your spouse, who has taken to disappearing for evenings at a time, and you're convinced that he or she is having an affair. Or it is a boss or colleague, who seems to switch to an alternate personality in the blink of an eye. You can never predict when it will happen, or why it does. The Myth of Sanity is a book about our common, but mostly invisible, dementia. In the first book to explore this topic, Martha Stout explores the profoundly fragmented nature of human awareness and offers a new understanding about the role played by traumatic memories in day-to-day life.Do people who have recovered from extreme trauma come to know something about awareness that the rest of us are never forced to learn? Through the lives of patients like Julia, a film editor who "woke up on Tuesday and found out that it was Friday"; Garrett, who experiences severe dissociative identity disorder; and Nathan, a psychiatrist himself, we come to
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
ISBN: 9780670894758
0670894753
Branch Call Number: 616.8523/STOU
Characteristics: xiv, 252 p. ; 24 cm.

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Sep 09, 2017

A jewel. The author knows her stuff. Multiple examples of origins and manifestations of dissociative identity disorder. Good description of use of hypnosis in the recovery process. Good discussion of factors affecting prognosis. Examples of successful outcome. Suggestions for how to interact with persons affected by the disorder. Excellent discussion raising questions about to what degree our culture and our politicians are affected by dissociative identity disorder and other disorders, and the origins and continuing transmission of those disorders. And, no, this was written long before Trump was elected, but it brings to mind the inconsistencies of Obama, the constitutional scholar who authorized extrajudicial murders, and his rambling, hypnotic, say-nothing speeches. Dissociative?

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