Mosaic mind, The : empowering the tormented selves of child abuse survivors

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Title: Mosaic mind, The : empowering the tormented selves of child abuse survivors
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co Inc
Publication Date: 1995
  • 0-393-70178-6

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So far, I’ve only glanced through it---however, it looks VERY good. Lots of references, and academic stuff, but also readable. Best of all, empowering. The authors regard all healthy personalities as essentially multiple. For abuse victims, parts get out of balance. In healing, a natural balance is restored. (This looks like it circumbents clinical arguments on definitions of multiplicity-- while still being very relevant to it---IMHO.)

Review by Anonymous
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This book is wonderful! It has an academic approach, yet remains relevent to survivors. I am being treated for DID and it has helped me in my whole approach to multiplicity. Their theories really make sense and are empowering to the patient. My therapist ordered his own copy.

Review by Anonymous
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Ground breaking work.I have incorporated the ideas in this book into my therapy.Should be part of the armament of every therapist working with trauma.The most powerful and trust building components are rescuing the traumatised parts before attempying other tharapeutic interventions. Work that the therapeutic community should build on.

Review by Mark Baddeley
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This books primary function is to aid the Therapist in the treatment of MPD patients. The authors set forth a treatment plan dealing with the "Internal Family System". This system encompasses the entire inner workings of all individuals within, and as a whole.

Even though this book is a guide in treatment of MPD for Clinicians, MPD patients as well as the unfamiliar trying to understand MPD, will gain benefit from it. The most interesting aspect about this book is that the authors identify each inner "person" (I will use the word "person" in a noncommittal genre), giving them due respect and acceptance of their function within the system.

It emphasizes that in order to achieve healthiness and peace, you must draw out, and start building trust with the inner persons of an Internal Family System. By acquiring the knowledge, and addressing the needs of all within, you can start to rebuild a more uniformed and happy internal family. This process is long and tedious but worth the effort for the patient and the therapist.

I found one particular aspect unfavorable. It is the usage of words when relating what has been stated by an inner person. Their usage of words are continuously consistent with the author’s own interpretation of what was said in therapy, which made reading the conversations of inner persons less credible, especially with regard to a recounting of abuse given by a "little" of 3 or 4 years of age, but primarily recounts given by "middles". The dynamics of true words spoken by a "little" must be kept in tact in order for the reader (mainly the general public) to understand and evaluate the true nature of the abuse and how the inner child perceives it. This book emphasizes knowing and understanding inner persons but it falters in keeping to that premise with regard to true word recounting.

Review by Tony
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