When rabbit howls

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Title: When rabbit howls
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Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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I am standing outside on the pavement after reading When Rabbit Howls. As I try to come back to reality, a 3 year old girl walks by with her mother and looks directly at me. I am struck by the sudden awareness that I will never look at a small child the same way again. The book opened new avenues about the development of the human mind for me. It also made me very sad. When someone is murdered or killed, we say that their life was stolen from them but take comfort in the imagined fact that they probably don’t exist anymore to realize what has been taken away from them. But there are other ways to steal a life. Truddi Chase is the most remarkable person I have ever read about. Her courage, intelect, and passion are unmatched anywhere in any book I have read. I know that some people find the Tunnel scenes to be too choppy or coded, but I understood them completely. I am not a multiple. I have never met or talked to a multiple ( though I would like to), but I understood, and I wept.

Review by Adaon
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I thought this book was both interesting and instructive. The description of how the alters communicated to each other as well as the roles each played in protecting the core selves was particularly helpful in understanding DID.

Review by akv
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As a survivor of child sexual abuse commited by my natural father, I am confronted by my own demons every moment of every day. I want to tell "Twelve" that she is me in alot of ways. Anyone who reads Trudys story will be moved by it, but for me it is a part of a journey to understanding myself. Thank you to "The Troops".

Review by Amy in Alabama
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I found this book really confusing and disorientating. I tried to wade through pages and pages of inner voice stuff that is jumbled. It is merely a stream of consciousness that I can’t follow. I liked the Broken Child much better than When Rabbit Howls. I could relate and follow the characters, their positions and alters all seemed familiar to me. Although I am sometimes triggered by books Broken Child didn’t affect me that much. I would like to hear what others think of When Rabbit howls.

Review by Anne
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I just started reading this book, but I’m about half way through. It has kept my interest because of the subject matter. It’s very sad and disturbing and all of those things I’ve already heard others describe. But I was so glad to read Anne’s description of it being confused because I was beginning to think it was just me. I understand Ms. Chase is not a writer by profession (that is my understanding, anyway) but the way these things have been recorded makes me read and reread very non-commited sentences just to figure them out. I feel like I’m stepping on my words here...I hope my cantor about her writing is taken AS the grain of salt that it is next to the horrifying truth of her story.

Review by Anonymous
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I am 22 years old. I was diagnoised recently with this complicated disorder.This book helped me to realize that I wasn’t alone in my so called form of reality.Truddy Chase’s literary description of DID could have not been more accurate. This book helped me to not be ashamed or deny that this is a real way of life for some.

Review by Anonymous
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a story that touched my heart strings. I would like to reach out and let all multiples know I want to share love and friendship wth the world....we can share love ....reaching out and caring. If an abused person has somewhere to go for love and nurturing....he or she can gather strength for the day.

Review by Anonymous
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I am a third thru this book. I bought it a year ago because of someone I know, but I couldn’t bring myself to read it before. I cry alot -- maybe because of myself, I don’t know. The facial and structural changes -- I recognize those in my friend. The telepathy, too. I want to understand. I am grateful to The Troops.

Review by A small soul in cyberspace
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For years I had felt like a square peg in a round hole. Then I thought I had an over active imagination, until I started to write and say things that were extremely bright but nothing I had studied per se. Then the nighmares and horrid visions that did and din’t make sense. Reading this book things made sense and while I agree with my Drs that I have MPD/DID it was the fact that this book made me feel no so alone. Not so strange. Not so nuts. She is a brave woman and hopefully the book will help educate a society that isn’t kind to people who are "different". Thank you.

Review by BethsHeart
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I think this book is really intense, however I could not put the book down and spent several days thinking about it after I read it.

Review by chrissie
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I found this book awe inspiring. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I wish she would write a follow up book so that we would know how she’s doing. In particular because she decided not integrate at the end of this book. It’s hard to imagine a child surviving such torture.

She certainly champions the strength of human spirit and I admire her greatly (all of her).

Review by Connie
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I really enjoyed this book. I was elated when I found this book at a garage sale. I’ve read Sybil and The Minds of Billy Milligan. I appreciated the first person account. I am amazed with the complexity of multiples. I would love a update on truddi and the others.

Review by Corinna, poopie and Erica
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I’m a Dutch MPD-patient who is currently been treated for a year now The book made me change my view on integration which is now my goal.

I’ll still take a couple of years but it makes me less depressed %-)

Review by daan
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I have read a lot about multiple personality disorder both out of personal interest and a psychology class. "When Rabbit Howls" is the best book on the subject I have read yet because it is written by the victim. It is extremely insightful as to the workings of the human mind. I would recommend it for anyone interested in incest, MPD/DID, child abuse, mental illness or any related subject.

Review by Dawn
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when i was seeing a "psychologist" and she had this book in her office,she asked me if id like to read it because i had picked it up and was looking at it. i took it home and read it twice within the week. i went back in and she didnt even know what it was about when she lent it to me. i got really stuck into the book,made me recall things that i tried not to for a really long time. i dont have mpd,more like a weird shizophrenia but some of the same things apply in either form... i highly suggest this book to anyone. its my favorite book.

Review by delirium9x@yahoo.com
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O.M.G. when rabbit howls has taken my heart an squeezed it and put it back into my chest, this is one awsume women, what streigth what courage, what insight into the human mind. trudi wright another an tell us how u are doing. i will never forget ths story and another nightmare, these two stories have touched my heart and mind.

Review by D.S.
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I found this book very interesting, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. I’ve never read a book so interesting in my life. I think multiple personalities are very interesting and different. I suggest everyone to read this book!!!

Review by Gail Comeau
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Ther is also a movie to go along with this book. I can’t remember the name but it also expresses the complexity of this disorder

Review by Garthim
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Looking at most of the reviews apart from say Jay’s I wonder if I read the same book. I currently live with a multiple (care for is not the right word) and for Cindy the abuser in my partners case was the Mother "surprise surprise" females can be horrendous beasts as well as males, something many forget. I have no doubts about multiples I see it every day. My view is the book was written for the benefit of the therapist it can be very disturbing seeing what humans can do to other humans. I doubt we are the senior species

Review by Graeme
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Just a few brief comments---I loved this book. Its a great first person account. It helped me understand the complexities and also the uniqueness of how each body splits differently. It also includes spiritual/mystical elements(a very old Irish alter personalit) which I was fine with---maybe some "scientific" psychologists would discredit the book because of this, I don’t know. I believe the author is Australian. Also inspiring, in that Truddi Chase describes lecturing to police depts on the damage that child abuse does, by allowing them to see wounded child alters (like the one that howls like a rabbit). Powerful. Triggering, too---take care of yourself as you read.

Review by Ivy
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I thought this was one of the most intense books I have ever read. I decided to do research into multiple personality disorders for a high school psychology project, and that is when I first read When Rabbit Howls. I will never forget how captivated I was by the book. I never believed as strongly in multiple personalities as I do now after reading Truddi Chase’s story.

Review by Jaime Woods
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"When Rabbit Howls" is a book you will never forget once you have read it! It is the extremely vivid and graphic detailing of Trudi Chase who has no idea of the complexities of multiple personality disorder.

The introduction of the book sheds some light on why possibly the reading might be a little more complex than reading a newspaper or a harlequin romance.

"This volume is a direct window into the experience we call multiple personality disorder. Not the report of a professional journalist or even the interpretive study by a psychotherapist, it is instead an autobiography constructed by various personalities themselves. In these pages we see through the eyes of Trudi Chase, who was sexually abused by her stepfather from the age of two to the age of sixteen and who manifests at least ninety personalities - personalities that developed to enable her to cope, for more than forty years, with the emotional and physical trauma of that abuse. ... ‘When Rabbit Howls’ is the only book I am aware of that was written by a victim of sexual child abuse who developed multiple personalities. What makes this book especially fascinating is that while it initially appears to be written about and by Trudi Chase, it is in actuality the story and creation of the many persons who cluster within her"

At first the format of the book may be a bit confusing, but stick with it, it’s well worth the read - you’ll remember it for the rest of your life! F.Y.I. Trudi Chase has appeared on Larry King Live and on Oprah.

Review by Jake B.
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Anne... I was reading your review and a couple of thoughts ran through my mind. This is not a criticism of your review, but something for you to think about.

>> I found this book really confusing and disorientating.<<

Well.... yeah... but her life was confusing and disorienting to her. This is a rare chance to see through the eyes of a person with MPD.

>> I tried to wade through pages and pages of inner voice stuff that is jumbled. It is merely a stream of consciousness that I can’t follow. <<

Yes.... it is hard to follow... but if you sit back and let it flow around you -- taking brakes as you need it (I sometimes read chapters, pages, sometimes simple paragraphs and take a brake) to give your mind a rest -- and you can experience her life.

>> I liked the Broken Child much better than When Rabbit Howls. I could relate and follow the characters, their positions and alters all seemed familiar to me. Although I am sometimes triggered by books Broken Child didn’t affect me that much. I would like to hear what others think of When Rabbit howls. <<

I have not read Broken Child, but the fact that you stress its more acceptable stress suggests to me that Rabbit is too intense... that is one of the reasons I stressed taking brakes. It is hard... sometimes painful... but it is one of the greatest educational pieces on MPD I have ever read. Seeing the world through the eyes of the troups helped mecome to a profound understanding of the disorder itself. I am reading it for the second time as we speak, and it still astounds me...

Review by James GreyWolf
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Oh, man.

That poor, poor child (and the millions like her ~ *shudder*).

I’ve long held no rose-colored illusions about the depths of depravity to which human beings are capable of stooping, and I suppose I should have seen the tie-in with animal sexual abuse coming, because anyone adequate to that type of degeneracy certainly won’t STOP at animals. It’s usually where they start before ‘moving on’ to humans. Unfortunately, people like this don’t generally emerge from a vacuum. As desecrated an individual as the stepfather is, and believe me ~ I loathe him ~ his early exposure to the same is almost certain. A sad, sad legacy.

That aside, Truddi Chase’s story, ‘When Rabbit Howls’, is gripping. I feel so deeply for her tortured soul that it’s difficult to express in clumsy human words. There but for the grace of God go I. As neither a multiple nor a victim of abuse, I have always been fascinated by the human mind. I’ve long since read Sybil and The Three Faces of Eve, both chilling, but Truddi’s account is leaving me with so much more than a stillness of soul ~ it allows a glimpse inside the lacerated psyche of an MPD sufferer.

I haven’t finished reading it yet ~ I’m on Chapter 29 ~ but have decided unequivocally that there will be subject matter on the ‘graduation’ to abuse of humans by animal abusers on my web site now that this book has come into my awareness (http://fortheloveofanimals.bravepages.com/ click on ‘Entertainment’ and scroll to ‘A Seldom-Mentioned Abuse’), and I can see my site growing into a diatribe against child abuse as well ~ their similaritites (innocent, unwilling, uncomprehending) tie animals and children irrevocably together in the sad saga that is human pathos.

Thank you, Truddi, for the incredible bravery of all of you in your desire to tell your story so that others may not suffer. I believe precisely the same way: it’s ugly and shameful, so let it out! Expose it so that people will KNOW! Only then are we empowered to bring the abuse to an end!

16 Sep 03

Review by jas
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This is a truely fascinating book. A bit confusing at times, but hard to put down nonetheless.

Review by Jeanette
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i thought WHEN RABBITS HOWLS was the best book i have ever read. i cried through most of the chapters. this innocent child went through hell and back. i dont know how she made it throught all this abuse. i just find this woman to be the strongest woman in the world.

Review by jean reed
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Completely fascinating--I was absolutely into this book! The nuances-though subtle--kept me captivated. I feel very deeply for Truddie and all she has gone through-and will continue to go through. I like to hope that she is now doing well, whether integrated or not. Can we ever expect an update? Best wishes to you always Truddie!

Review by julielynell@hotmail.com
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I just saw Truddi Chase when she was in Roseanne show. I really got interested about this book and I am gonna go to library and read it. I am 16 years old and I’ve always been very interested in these kind of things, and I’ve thought that maybe I have many personalaties too. I feel that I do have, so I can’t wait to read her book. :)

Review by Juniper
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I can easily say "when rabit howls" is the best book on multiple personality disorder or one of the best period. I myself dont have multiple personality but i am incredibly interested in it. The way Truddi explains the book is amazing. I thought throught the book how she couldve mentaly have handled writing about such terrible memories. THe fact that is was written first hand and not by some random author was very powerful.

Review by Kimmi
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This is a very difficult book to read. It is extremely triggering for survivors, and even a non-survivor friend had nightmares after reading it. It really depends on where you are, whether you want to try reading it. It is brilliantly and clearly written, with the voices of many of the system’s alters individually represented, but it doesn’t pull any punches, and reveals the full extent of the horror of child sexual abuse. It’s considered a classic. The authors are vehemently opposed to integration, but rea

Review by Light Virginia of the Garden
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Here it is almost 20 years since this book was written, and 10-15 since her appearance on Oprah, and this was the first time I had heard about this remarkable woman and what happened to her. I finished the book last night and immediately wrote a review. I began recommending it to others when I was only a third of the way through it. I am not a multiple, and I only suffered minor forms of abuse as a child, but this book helped me in so many ways to deal with the way that relatively minor form affected me and those around me. I was so impressed with the writing and the openness with which the story was shared. I can’t say that I would love to meet Trudi simply because my gratitude for her openness and her bravery for the same would reduce me to a blubbering embarrassed mess! I too am interested in finding out whatever became of the Troops and would like an update on how she/they are doing. My prayers continue for her continued triumph!

Review by Lisa D.
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I have a friend with MPD, I told her about "Rabbit". It really helped her knowing that she wasn’t alone. Her experiences were very similar to Trudi’s. They also started at about the same age. Because I had read the book I could understand what she was going through. We have a very special friednship because of this. She isn’t afraid of scaring me, ad she does some of hte people we know. I love all of the different people in her they are all very unique. I personally have seen at least 30. She agrees with Trudi’s choice of not intergrating. It would be too hard for her too. One thing I noticed, she can handle anything. There is always someone to jumo in and take care of the problem. It kept her sane.

Review by Lori
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No book on MPD was as clear as this one. The stories are different but it’s how it works. The movie made from this book is "Many Voices", stars Shelly Long. It doesn’t make the story as clear as the book. It was the ultimate book for finding myself. I missed Truddi on live TV because I was afraid to "see". I’d take another chance now. Wish she’d come back on. I know more now and I’m not so scared.

Review by Lorrie
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This is a great book. My husband read it and it really helped him understand what I was going through. I could understand her not wanting to integrate at first. I didn’t want to either, but now that I have --- IT’S GREAT!!! I’d like to see a follow up book and see how she is doing and if she ever did integrate.

Review by Lynn
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Iwas very moved by this book. after reading and getting a better understanding of the purpose of mpd, i believe this was the only way she could have survived such ongoing horror. the book was confusing and energy draining at times, but if you believe her story you have to be impressed and a little frightened of the abilities of the human mind. one of the best books i have enjoyed in a long time.

Review by Lynn
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I read this book as a early teen my mom found it at a book store. After reading through it and seeing everything Trudy and the Troops have gone trough I knew i could make it through my trauma i had to.They changed my life from a troubled teen to a functioning young adult. Thanks you guys for helping put my life on track!!!! Hope all is well in your world!

Review by melanie stevenson
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When Rabbit Howls is one of the most intriguing, disturbing books that I have ever read. Like many of the other reviews posted about Trudi Chase and her Troops I have been deeply affected by this book. I do not doubt for one minute that MPD exists and I never have doubted that. I do not recall how I ever found out about this book, but I read it every 3-4 years. My copy is well worn. Each time I reread it I realize that there is something that I missed. I guess that is my mind’s way of helping me deal with the atrocities that Trudi was forced to deal with and still has to with help. I absolutely recommend this but it is not book that should be thrown to the wayside because you can’t fathom how this is possible. It’s a proven state of mind-no matter how many people dispute this. I remember the first time I read this book and thinking how can so many personalities coexist. How does this work, how do they break way from their ‘core’ into their own being. Anyone that seen Trudi Chase on Oprah many years ago could literally see how her appearance changed as other Troop Members came out to rescue her. My heart goes out to Trudi and her family-the troops, her daugther, her ex husband. What a TROOPER Trudi is! I would love to see an udpate on Trudi & the Troops-especially on a platform such as Oprah. God Bless!

Review by Melissa
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I read When rabbit howls without taking a break. The way Truddi wrote brings you into her world as if you were right there on the farm, talking her daughter ot wanting to kill her step-dad. I am not a multiple but from a background of realitively mild abuse compared to her. If not from this type of background most people have a hard time relating to how this affects your decisions, actions and affection toward others. After reading the reviews it’s good to see many people with friends or family affected by abuse and them trying to understand it all. My heart goes out to Truddi and all others who have to deal with the consquences of abuse.

Review by Michiele Sherman
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I just finished When Rabbit Howls and found it to be a gripping story which captures just how broken abuse can make a child. I not only recommend this book for child abuse survivors but for the abusers of whom think that what they do is "all right". I do not have MPD/DID but I share a lot of experiences that Ms. Chase has lived through. This story paralleled my life a lot in the description of the abuse that it bruoght up a lot of memories.... So if you have had a past of abuse use caution with this book. You could end up reliving rather unpleasant memories unto which you are might not be ready for!

Review by Missy
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This book helps those who are unaffected by MPD, to understand the disorder and what may cause it. I hope that Trudi Chase was able to find some peace after writing this book.She has helped me comes to terms with abuse in my past and I am sure it has helped others.

Review by Mo
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No other book of any kind, has to date, had the same impact on me, as "When Rabbit Howls". It should be a must read for every human on the planet. I have read it several times. Each and every time I am completely blown away by it. It is hard for me to comprehend how this woman is still alive. I often wonder what the troops are doing today. Are they still in therapy? Has the prognosis changed over time? Will there be another book? I have so many unanswered questions. She is the woman I admire most in this world, for her courage and strength. I am in awe of her.

Review by Nancy
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When Rabbit Howls is a book everyone should read. It not only is very well written, but it can teach someone that a person with multiple personalities is not "crazy" , but is a person with tremendous courage and strength trying to overcome such horrible memories. This book has changed the way I see people and I am now a psychology major in college.

Review by Natalie
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This book is so emotionally developed and centred, that as soon as I had read the first chapter, I was immediately hooked to it and a box of tissues. Incredibly written, a true classic that tells a story even after it has finished. A definite MUST for readers all over the world.

Review by Nette, West’ Australia
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When Rabbit Howls is a fascinating walk into the mind of a patient of Muliple personality disorder. The ordeals discribed within its pages is nothing like I’ve ever heard before. That book alone made me get into the field of Psychology.

Review by Nicole
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Although I don’t have MPD, I have found reading books on the subject extremely helpful in understanding various parts of my personality, and how they work together and how they war!

Of all the books on the subject, When Rabbit Howls is the one I’ve read over and over. There is something about all those troops cooperating to bring forth this incredible testament. I often find myself, after a dream which seems to suggest I’m in the midst of another "civil war", saying to myself "trust your troops".

I, too, wish they would write another. I find myself wondering things like "has Twelve gotten any older?" Another question I had during my last reading, when the beauty of the book had struck me particularly forcefully, was to wonder whether Catherine, who I believe held the writing talent, was able to appreciate what she/they had done.

I think people who read, or hear about MPD, and think "this is not me, and has nothing to do with me" are deluded. What Jung called "complexes" can act as independently of our conscious egos as the more flagrantly obvious "alters" of people who have MPD.

I have just finished reading "Multiple Personality Disorder from the Inside Out", and found it intensely moving, and hugely helpful in understanding aspects of my own psyche. I would recommend it to all who are interested in the subject.

As to the question of to integrate or not to integrate, I find similar quandries, feelings of loss, fear etc. in various stages of my own journey. There are times when it has seemed that I’ve been on the verge of a major change and major leap forward, and I’ve had a dream about someone sabotaguing that and I’ve realised that not all sides of my personality are ready for such a change, and I’ve chosen to slow down. I think I can thank alot of the things I’ve read by and about people with MPD for such consideration of all of my sides.

Review by Nora
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I am now reading When rabbit howls again. The book gripped me to the core that one human being survived the torture by the means that she did. I am reading the book again and there are things that I understand on the second time around. This is a book you can read over and over again and come out with something that you may have missed. I hope one day to see a book on how THE TROOPS AND TRUDI CHASE ARE DOING.

Review by OneEssence
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I have read the book, and seen Trudi Chase on the Oprah show....and seen the made for t.v movie....my question, my request, Will the made for t.v. movie ever be made available on video cassette? I found the movie a turning point for me/us because it was ONE day before seeing the show on t.v. that we got the diagnosis that will forever change our lives. We now know that I am not crazy, but been given a gift, and Trudi Chase has helped us see that. One, Two, Three..we will not introgate! :) (But even this is lible to change in the years to come. Thank you Trudi.

Review by OneEssence
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Excellent book. For me it was full of ‘oh, so thats what was going on when’ revelations. ( I had just ended a very intense relationship with a multiple system) I would recommend it for anyone, but survivors should read it with caution as it contains a lot of potentially triggering material. The movie, "Voices within, the lives of Truddi Chase", was actually quite good as well, especially for something on national TV, although it may not air very often as it is about 4 hours long, and not terribly sensationalistic.

Review by Paul
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This was the fist bok on multiplicity i’ve read and it is by far my favorite book. I have grown a hatred for her step father and her mother wasn’t any help but this is a great book.

The final chapter is a phenominal ending for a book of this kind. I like the way it leaves you wondering and the last note from "stanley" was a great deal of help. I’d reccomend this to anyone along sid a few others.. Sybil, The Three Faces of Eve and I’m Eve

Those are the most extrodanary books I’ve read and once youve read thm youll never forget them.

Review by Queen La Queefa
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I just finished reading this book for my abnormal psych class and would not recommmend it to anyone. The book gives a terrible portrayal of DID and the "therapist" in the story did not do much to help this terribly troubled individual. The woman in the story is indeed mentally disturbed but this is a very inaccurate portrayal of what one with the disorder is supposed to look like. It seems to me as though the author is a brilliant writer and figured she would make some money from her story. This is however a good way of showing that child abuse is so common in society today. One of the biggest problems that I had was that there has been no scientific evidence to show that any physical changes occur when one switches alters and in one that truly has DID they cannot willfully control the coming and going of alters. Do not read this book if you haven’t, it is a waste of your time. Go read up on the actual disorder instead, you’ll get much more accurate information.

Review by Raven
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and for jay, over 90 percent of those with DID have been abused in childhood...FYI

Review by Raven
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I have had the question "What is Multiplicity?" for many years after my sister told me that she was a "Multiple". Then one day, out of frustration I’m sure, she leny me her copy of "When Rabit Howls". Truddi and The Troops’ explanation of MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) in this book is not only vivid and real but the best explanation, in living and breathing color, I have since ever found. I will say that at first it was hard to follow but well worth the wait. When I turned the last page I was also turning the first page to start again. You’ll laugh and cry, live and die and be reborn again with a whole new understanding of what child abuse is capable of doing to a child and to the adult who was victimized. So please, if you have ANY intrest in MPD (be it personal or general) pick up a copy and read it, eveb if you have to barrow it readr it from cover to cover and you will understand. If you have been victimized tell someone, anyone, everyone until someone finally does so! mething about it (and they will trust me!)

Review by Robert R., MD
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No offense meant, but everyone is giving Truddi Chase credit for writing this very enlightening book. I suffer with the same disorder but when I picked up this book at the library, I did not know what was wrong with me (us). I read half the book, got angry and promptly returned it to the Library! It took me years of therapy to go back to the Library and check that book back out and end up paying for it because I refused to return it! The TROOPS for Trudddi Chase wrote that book and it was not written for anyone’s enjoyment. It was written to let people know the horrors, and the aftermath of Child Abuse. I pray to God she has made her point. Truddi and Troops, I hope you are doing well. Great Job.

Review by RW
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When Rabbit Howls is an extremly beautiful piece of work! I just finished reading this amazing account of horrifying memories and I think this book is helped me in a way i cant explain quite yet. I think i will have to read this beautiful book again. Althought I dont have MPD but i often find my self in that position, personally i have felt that people might think i might be ‘Insane,’ but now i realize when my rage comes out its just different parts of my own personality struggling for me to realize what is really going on. The book also stirred anger in me, towards the Stepfather, I really dont know how can a human being be that way. But overall its a great book and i hope the Troops write another book on thier accounts. The Troop member which truly struck as a brilliant person was, Ean. I believe he has still a huge secret in side of him and while reading the book i couldnt help but think that Ean is the controller of the other Troops and they are ruled by him. I wish there could be another book on just Ean’s personality or more so his story.

Review by Saadia
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WOW that’s about all I can say:)

Review by Samantha
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When Rabbit Howls was an unbelieveable book that shows the reader what is is truely like to be in her shoes. She does an outstanding job at character transitions and showing the true pain and anguish experienced by each "self." The book is a definate must for any one truely interested in multiple personality disorders.

Review by Sara
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I have read this book twice now. Although I do not have MPD, I could identify with the personalities. The first time I read it, I was not strong enough to deal with my own experiences with abuse or incest. After a year of healing I read it again (shortly before having to face my incest abuser). After that encounter-with what I had learned from the book, I finally let my ANGER surface!! There had always been guilt and shame-but never anger. Thanx to the Troops and Stanley, I allowed myself to feel the rage that I deserved to feel.

Thanx,

Review by Sarah
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I am 17 years old and I just finished reading When Rabbit Howls and I am utterly amazed by what the troops did for this lost little girl. The way that the book is written, actaully by the alternate egos, was so amazing and moving. To know that the real Truddi Chase was "asleep" since the age of two and the first time of penetration in the corn field was impossible for me to comprehend. This book disguisted me, made me cry, made me angry, and yet throught out the entire book I was constantly hoping that they would survive. They did. They survived each other, themselves, the horror of "the Stepfather" and they came out of it...not necessarily okay but at least understanding. This book has made me want to go in to the field of psychology, even though true cases of MPD are rare, I would still like to understand it more and try to dispell all the preconceived notions of those afflicted with MPD. To all those living with MPD, my thoughts are with you and I wish you the VERY BEST. People are generally good, honestly. When Rabbit Howls is an amazing book.

Review by Savannah Paige
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Of all of the books I have read on MPD this one is one I re-read every five years or so and always learn more. It is a very emotionally difficult book for any survior of child abuse to read but is well worth it. It would be a very close call in my opinion as to who suffered more abuse, The troops or Sybil. I give this book first place because the therapist was open minded about several issues having to do with MPD that most therapists will not discuss - such as the commonality of paranormal and super-intelligence in MPD sufferers. It is such a shame there is no follow-up book or information I can find on what happened to Truddie (all of her) after the time period of the book. Unforgettable story of amazing courage and talent!

Review by Shadow
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I was completely swept up with Trudi’s story from the very beginning, and found it impossible to put down and when I did, I could not shake it from my mind. I believe that most MPD’s begin as truly gifted children and that this genius has given them the ability to fragment and survive rather than turn psychotic or into an antisocial personality. Thank you Trudi for your courage and sharing of such atrocity that needs to be confronted and reckoned with. God bless the children!!

Review by Shannon
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I loved this book. I have read it four times, each time I found something that I didn’t realize the first time. She does a great job of showing just how different each personality can be from the "original" person. Her accounts of prolonged child abuse were vividly portrayed. I have actually found myself teary eyed after reading. I reccomend this book to anyone who can stomach it. As I said, the book is extremely vivid in a few parts. The only drawback with the book is that the technical medical terms and doctor commentary can get quite confusing and sometimes, it is difficult to tell which personality is talking, but as a whole, it is a wonderful book for all to read over and over!

Review by Sharon
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This was an extraordinary book- captivated the unique and complex minds of all the people within this woman. The dramatic and poignant dialogues between these individuals is awe-striking when realizing such discussions occur continuously for her. This book captured the essence of a woman with such a disorder, brought the people to life and allowed the reader to experience what she does. It also challenges one’s own belief of "sanity", as such a complex coping system seems only capable in the hands of a genius. Insights into the development of a selfhood are also inevitable, for one realizes the power of society in creating such alters.

Review by Stacey
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I have read this book several times and feel it’s power each time I read it. I comend Trudi & the Troops for putting this book together & having to determination to publish it. I have never read a true story such as this, that brings me in completely. The only other one that’s close is Sybil. Anyone who has the will power & guts to public come forward with any type of abuse should get a metal for bravery. After being raped, I kept it a secret for years before coming forward to anyone I knew, then i began speaking publicly. But the abuse descirbed in both Sybil & Rabbit is mind blowing. I could never imagine my children going through what they did, let alone what I did (which seems some minor in comparison). Again, I comend anyone who can come forward & put the raw truth in front of people the way Rabbit did. Have Sybil & the Troops ever met? Knowing you’re not alone can be the biggest comfort anyone can have.

Review by Tahloni
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When Rabbit Howls is an extremely facinating book. It’s hard to realize that the book was written by Trudi Chase herself because it was so well written that you would think a professional writerwrote it. It really gives you insight on MPD. It seems like Ms. Chase is a genius in her own right without realizing it.

Review by Thao Nguyen
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I read this book many many many years ago. When it first came out I was diagnosised with the disorder. I thought the doc. was just trying to make a name for himself. But when I read this book, and let me tell you it was by accident, I knew this was talking about us.

I highly recommend anyone who wants to know more about our secrets and what we have to deal with, read this book.

Review by The Group
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I have read many a book on the subject MPD and the one that moved me the most was this one. My husband at the time read this book and said that it made him feel for me, and that he could relate better. He is now my ex-husband but he still has this book and he uses it as refference in dealing with the loss of his wife; one of my alters. He suggested this book and said it best describes the ordeals and effects at the adulthood stage. This book made me cry, gave me flashbacks and I find it to be the most informative on the subject of MPD I have come across. We have come a long way in being recognized and Trudi has help my friends and family cope with me. The book made me feel deeply for her.

Review by The K.
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This is the most emotional triggering book I have ever read. Truddi Chase did a wonderful job compiling all of her thoughts and hard times into this book, I know it must have been difficult for her but she really got the point of how bad child abuse really is, across. I could never imagine having to go through such pain and torture, but this woman indured it all, and lived through it.

Review by Tiffany
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I read this book before I was aware of my own sexual abuse and it still touched me deeply.Looking back now as someone with diagnosed PTSD and dissociative disorder I see how many young children have gone through and been able to survive.I would like to extend my thanks to the troops for helping to make a difference by talking about and writing about the abuse that was done to them.I didn’t know then what made me do many things but I must say when I read their account I was relieved.But many people spoke of the book saying the stream of conciousness was hard to follow the narrative switching between voices rather then a seperate body I however didn’t have a problem with that.

Review by T.L. Reed
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I have read many books on MPD and I think that this is one of the more powerful ones. It shows that the human spirit can survive anything. I really liked the ending though it took me a little while to understand what really happened.

Review by Vicki a survivor
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I’m Wolf, from the Netherlands. We’re several years in therapy, ten I think, in wich I’ve read this book. I think the book is on one sight great, because it’s explaining so well all the things that ‘happen’ to a multiple, on the other hand it’s horrible, terrible to read when you’re a multiple, because it so much looks like my own childhood, or what I remember about it. Still I think everyone should have read this book, multiple or not, because it shows how strong the human mind can be. I still need therapy/ my therapist, on who’m I’m holding on to.

I’ll hope we will survive the terror ....

Review by Wolf
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