Through divided minds : probing the mysteries of multiple personalities - a doctor’s story

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Title: Through divided minds : probing the mysteries of multiple personalities - a doctor’s story
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: 1990
  • 0380709058

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I thought the book was very good, and he even talks about having written the book despite the fact that other people in his field would say he was wrong.

Review by Anonymous
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I have read lots of books about DID. This book was terrible. The author was arrogant and totally incompetent.

Review by Anonymous
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I just finished reading the book last night, and I wonder if the previous reviewers didn’t skim over parts of it, because the only part of the book that considers the relative merits of full or partial integration (or no integration at all) seemed to leave the question up to the patient, if I understood Dr Mayer’s intent. Anyway, I enjoyed the book, partly because it didn’t sensationalize the shocking aspects of D.I.D., the way some other books do.

Just another opinion ...

Review by Anonymous
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This book helped me a lot before during and after my discovery of my other selves. My therapist and many friends (no pun intended) have also found it usefull. It’s helped me and others so much in the understanding of MPD/DID.

Review by A small soul in cyberspace
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I understand the need of a therapist to remain somewhat detached from one’s subject in order to ensure objectivity and the possibility of codependency. But these requirements cannot and should not prevent the therapist from having empathy and respect for their patient. Indeed, I think these attributes are essential for a productive relationship and evidently lacking in this presentation.

Dissociation is not a disease or sickness or even a bad thing. For many of us who have had to survive horror it is a lifesaving technique -- a firm anchor against a shifting bottom. What concerns me about the attitude evident in this book is that people who are recovering from abuse may get the idea that somehow they are sick and need to be cured.

This is not at all true! People who dissociate to escape are engaging in a highly effective survival strategy. This is a creative response to a real-world problem and should be respected, not denigrated.

In short, I would not recommend this book to persons who are recovering from abuse.

Review by Broken Circle
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I tend to agree with most of the Sapphire Gazelles comments above. I was amazed that this therapist was able to help anybody. If I hadn’t already had a positive experience in therapy, I think I would have been terrified of it after reading this book. However, having said that, the book was interesting...and I *think* the therapist was trying to do his (misguided) best.

Review by Marycontrary
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We found this book rather insulting, although some of the case stories are very interesting.

Dr. Mayer, a psychiatrist (psychologist?), describes several of his cases working with multiples in his book. He seems convinced that the only ‘cure’ for multiples is integration, and portrays himself as the ‘savior’ of the multiples that he works with. He refers to several cases where multiples chose not to integrate, or not to integrate all of their personalities, as failures. He seems to regard multiplicity as an unfortunate, but curable, crippling disease.

Our opinion of Dr. Mayer after reading this book is that he has no true understanding of multiplicity and had unhealthy relationships with his multiple patients during therapy. He seems to be working on his own mental prowess more than he is working on helping his patients.

Not a book we’d recommend for understanding multiplicity. If you have a good background in multiplicity already, this book has several interesting case studies (if you look past Dr. Mayer’s opinions) and is an interesting study in how *not* to deal with multiples.

Review by The Sapphire Gazelles
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