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Sybil [Anglais] [Poche]

Flora Rheta Schreiber
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25 mai 1989
Here is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett, a survivor of terrible childhood abuse who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts. What happened during those blackouts has made Sybil's experience one of the most famous psychological cases in the world.

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"Astonishing . . . It forces you to look at yourself and the people around you in a new way." (Doris Lessing)

"Illumination. . . fascinating!" (Chicago Tribune)

"Spellbinding!" (Time magazine)

"A moving human narrative." (New York Review of Books)

Biographie de l'auteur

Flora Rheta Schreiber was the psychiatry editor of Science Digest when she first heard about Sybil. She spent seven years writing this book. She is also the author of The Shoemaker. She died in 1988 in New York City of a heart attack.

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  • Poche: 480 pages
  • Editeur : Grand Central Publishing; Édition : Reissue (25 mai 1989)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0446359408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446359405
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,3 x 10,4 x 3 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vers une guérison !! 20 mars 2010
Lu il y a longtemps aussi, je vous le recommande si vous voulez en apprendre un peu plus sur les méandres du subconscient et de l'inconscient.

Cette histoire inspirée d'une véritable histoire est tout à fait exemplaire, c'est le long cheminement d'une personne qui pour se sauver, se protéger des souffrances, ce que l'on peut infliger de pire à un être humain, c'était sa propre mère, qui dès son très jeune âge les lui infligeaient, a développé de nombreuses personnalités;

Grâce à l'aide de sa médecin, elle va découvrir ce qui l'empêche de vivre normalement et peu à peu, rafistoler, réparer, afin de vivre, simplement.

C'est un livre fort, qui vous fait frémir parfois, bondir souvent, devant tant de cruautés, et qui vous oblige à vous questionner...

A lire oui,vraiment !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 génial ! 15 décembre 2012
Par Cancouet
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
très bon livre, qui éclaire sur le miracle de la psyché humaine. A découvrir vraiment. tout comme le livre Johan, sur le même thème.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A lire absolument ! 7 mai 2002
Par Un client
J'ai découvert ce livre à l'adolescence et l'ai relu à plusieurs reprises depuis.
On ne ressort pas indemne d'une telle lecture.
On découvre à cette occasion, si on ne le savait déjà, à quel point l'être humain est complexe et fragile et jusqu'où il peut aller chercher sa sauvegarde contre l'agression qu'il subit.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 READ IT ONCE .... YOU WILL REMEMBER IT ALWAYS 16 février 2001
Par Sandra D. Peters - Publié sur Amazon.com
It is impossible to say a book on such a sensitive and horrific issue as child abuse is a great book to read; in fact, this book is probably one of the most difficult ones to read that you will ever come across. Having studied psychology, it is a known fact that Multiple Personality Disorder(MPD) is associated with child abuse. The personality "splits" when the human psyche can no longer cope with the pain of abuse.
Sybil is a story of such abuse at the hands of a mentally disturbed mother - sexual, physical and emotional abuse prevail. Sybil is a true story based on one of the most severe cases of MPD and child abuse in history. Over a span of twenty years, it reveals the various "personalities" living within one woman. How one could even survive such atrocities is beyond belief. The time period of this story ends in the 40's. Today, research continues on this subject and much has been learned since Sybil's case, but one can never have enough knowledge.
Sybil's personalities eventually merge and in 1998, the real Sybil died, finding, we hope, final peace and contentment. If you are interested in books on MPD, another true life story is, First Person Plural: My Life as a Multiple, by Cameron West, PH.D.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spellbinding case study of multiple personality 8 juin 2001
Par Rachel Newstead - Publié sur Amazon.com
In 1954, a thin, nervous young woman walked into the office of New York psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur complaining of unusual "spells". She would inexplicably "lose time", fading out of consciousness and coming to again hours or even days later, often in an unfamiliar city and wearing clothing she never remembered buying. Believing it to be a case of hysteria, Dr. Wilbur embarks on what she thinks will be a routine course of treatment. Until, that is, her patient strode into the office one day with a confident, almost aristocratic air. "Sybil couldn't come," she says, "you can call me Vicky." Dr. Wilbur realized she was dealing with a victim of multiple personality disorder, then almost unheard of. For Dr. Wilbur and the young woman (whom the author gives the pseudonym of Sybil) it was the beginning of an emotionally exhausting eleven-year journey to make a fractured human being whole again.
In the course of her treatment, Sybil proved to have no less than sixteen different personalities (including two male alters, Mike and Sid). The sophisticated Vicky was the "record keeper" of the selves, holding back the memories too painful for Sybil and the others to know. Peggy Lou was the repository of Sybil's anger--defiant, belligerent, contemptuous of Sybil and terrified of breaking glass; Vanessa, a redhead with impressive musical talent. Some, like Ruthie, were barely more than toddlers mentally.
Vicky had good reason to keep the memories in check. Sybil had endured a childhood so horrible the word "nightmarish" doesn't do it justice. The child of a schizophrenic mother, (called "Hattie") and a passive, distant Fundamentalist father, Sybil never knew what awful or outlandish thing her mother was liable to do. An abused child before the term existed, Sybil was forced to endure physical and sexual torture that seems chilling even in our tabloid tell-all age. Rape and inexplicable, unnecessary forced enemas were a daily ritual until the age of six or seven--the angry, frightened Peggy Lou had to emerge to endure the unending agony.
Schreiber paints a vivid portrait of Sybil's family and the conservative town in which she grew up, and while we discover a clear history of schizophrenia on the maternal side of Sybil's family, Schreiber places most of the blame at the feet of Sybil's father Willard. He had known of his wife Hattie's schizophrenia from the time Sybil was six, when Hattie submerged into a mysterious catatonic state for an entire winter. Yet he made no attempt to hospitalize her, weakly protesting that he couldn't separate a mother and her child. The child's one escape from this hellish woman came in the form of her grandmother--when she died, Sybil's self disappeared. When she re-emerges, she finds herself in a fifth-grade classroom--almost two years later.
After years of harrowing, almost fatal crises, Sybil's selves are eventually reunited in 1965--when she is forty-two. For forty of those years, she was a living mosaic, a collection of parts. Hers was touted as a classic case of MPD and childhood abuse. Yet, not long after the death of the real Sybil in the early nineties, controversy arose over the accuracy of the account. Some professionals alleged that Sybil had not been a multiple personality at all, and may in fact have never been abused. Dr. Wilbur knew this, they maintain, as did the author--the "personalities" had supposedly been planted in Sybil's mind under hypnosis. The truth may never be known, but it is an undeniable fact such cases do occur, and as such, "Sybil" is a primer for anyone wanting to know the nature and origins of multiple personality.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sybil Review 8 octobre 2001
Par Matthew Moore - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you are interested in psychology Sybil is a must read. It is about a girl with sixteen personalities. It is based on a true story about her life. It is very well written and although it may get a little confusing, you eventually learn to recognize each individual personality within Sybil.
This book is a tantalizing journey through Sybil's life and journey to become whole again. It involves some graphic descriptions of horrible events that made Sybil split into multiple personalities and therefore may not be appropriate for children under 13 years of age.
I have learned a lot from this book and it has opened my eyes to the interesting field of psychology. I would have to call it one of the most interesting books I have ever read and I look forward to reading it again.
Therefore I hope everyone can take time out of his or her busy schedule to read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most fascinating book I've ever read 21 juin 2002
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I read this book over 20 years ago. It was one of the first books I read as an adult. It remains today the most fascinating book I have ever read. We are so used to outlandish fictional stories being thrown at us that we become jaded. Creatures that visit from other planets or monsters that have no purpose other than to scare teenagers are commonplace but unreal. What is much scarier than they could ever be is the real world. So horribly betrayed by what should be the most trusted person in her world - her mother; that Sybil must write her own science fiction story to survive. I remember staying up through the night reading this book. While the TV movie with Sally Field obviously isn't as detailed as the book, it too is riveting. To this day, I grow pale whenever the actress who played Sybil's mother Hattie appears on my TV - in anything. No other actor or actress has that effect on me. The recent airing of the TV movie has brought all this back to me. This is a great story of someone beating the odds and the eventual triumph of good over evil.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book, great movie 4 mars 2004
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I actually saw the movie first and was blown away by it. Then I read the book, and "knowing" what was coming was even more devestated! What a powerful, jaw-dropping experience it was for me to read this. I'm reminded of other books dealing with child abuse ("A Child Called It" or McCrae's "Bark of the Dogwood"--though the latter is actually funny at times, if you can believe that). But Sybil remains top of the list with regards to horror stories. The pacing of the book is just incredible, and the build up to the "climax" is truly well-crafted. Highly recommended, but not for the faint-of-heart!
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