In , Flora Rheta Schreiber published Sybil: The True Story of a Woman Possessed by 16 Separate Personalities. The book sold 6 million. Flora Rheta Schreiber, Writer: Sybil. Flora Rheta Schreiber was born on April 24, in New York City, New York, USA. She was a writer and actress, known. The eponymous book by Flora Rheta Schreiber, detailing Sybil’s story of healing with the help of psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur, became a.

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View all 3 comments. Will they be abusive as Hattie Dorset was? You get to hear about the details of Sybil’s childhood including some pretty nasty bits about her abusive mother and absent father. Books Featured on Gilmore Girls Sybil is a perfectly normal woman in almost every way – except that she isn’t just Sybil. What started out as fascinating to me suddenly looked like it was exploiting this poor, sick woman.

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January 11, at If you haven’t got a rhfta tolerance for unsanitised descriptions of extreme child and I mean toddler abuse there are a couple of chapters you should definitely skip – 14 and 15 will not be good for your mental health. On the doctor’s behalf, however, Sybil’s religious upbringing WAS over-the-top.

But she was very serious about religion and she felt very guilty about straying into wrongdoing. I have read this book 50 some odd times. Her book was initially published in the 70s It was an extremely fascinating re-read: But the drugs caused her stories fllora childhood to be very garbled and easy to misinterpret.

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Sybil is about maltreatment by a parent. The book had an initial print run ofI am all of them. Integration is a relative term regarding my son. While it’s probably natural to become close to a subject during the course of what were probably intense interviews, it does through a certain light on the written material presented in the book. The book begins with a list of Sybil’s “alters”, together with the year in which each appeared to have dissociated from the central personality.


She wrote a letter to Wilbur admitting that she had been lying: I felt it was necessary to learn a ton about mental health.

Apparently this woman’s story is very controversial in the mental health field. Mar 05, Sara rated it liked it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. And to be sure, the “mean” mommy, the one who loses her composure and who feels as if she could literally pull her hair out, is far removed from the the loving and patient mommy I identify with, the mommy who also happens to be fascinated by the science of brain and behavior and the origin and experience of consciousness.

Mason became increasingly dependent on Wilbur for emotional and even financial support. She uses the pseudonym “Sylvia” to protect Mason’s identity:. Having read this book, it all just fell into place. This kind of brought the second half down a notch.

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I was saddened to hear of her death, but believe by coming forward syybil her frightening ordeal she has helped many of others struggling with a similar situation. This is a fascinating post as well as a good example of how one book even a bad one leads to another. I’d long heard of this book from my mother, who’d read it when it was more new in the literary world.


That Sybil’s father pretended it was not happening and never lifted a finger to help a toddler is much worse. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I started getting online to find an interesting archive, and I was poking around the John Jay College library site. Shirley developed all of her “personalities” after working with Dr.

The other twenty days she was a different character from the book “Anne Frank. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

She talked about being repeatedly tortured in a grain crib in her backyard, for instance. Learn more about Amazon Prime. On the other hand, she suffered from very debilitating cancer for the last year of her life.

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On about the twentieth day I would be able to talk to the doctors real ego. Wilbur, including when it came to enacting and elaborating on the diagnosis of multiple personality.

The was certainly not syibl I saw in the patients I met and interacted with every day. Notify me of new comments via email.

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I bet you have a super great book collection. Took me a while to pick it back up and finish. Her grades never changed. Thanks sgbil telling us about the problem. Which, in itself, is ironic since I have a mental illness and I can sympathize with the time it takes to “get better.