The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality

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When Joan Frances Casey "awoke" on the ledge of a building ready to jump, she did not know how she had gotten there. And it wasn't the first time she had blanked out. She decided to give therapy another try. And after a few sessions, Lynn Wilson, an experienced psychiatric social worker, was shocked to discover that Joan had MPD—Multiple ...
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"This is the first coherent autobiographical study of its kind, and it is absolutely mesmerizing....Simply not be be missed."
THE DETROIT NEWS
When Joan Frances Casey "awoke" on the ledge of a building ready to jump, she did not know how she had gotten there. And it wasn't the first time she had blanked out. She decided to give therapy another try. And after a few sessions, Lynn Wilson, an experienced psychiatric social worker, was shocked to discover that Joan had MPD—Multiple Personality Disorder. And as she came to know Joan's distinct selves, Lynn uncovered a nightmarish pattern of emotional and physical abuse, including rape and incest, that nearly succeeded in smothering the artistic and intellectual gifts of this amazing young woman.

The most compelling account of multiple personality disorder yet, The Flock is the first written by both the patient and her therapist. In emotionally-charged detail, they make us know and feel what it is like to be a multiple with 24 separate selves. More than a "case, " The Flock brings to life the ordeal and triumph of a remarkable woman.

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In this extraordinary, convincing account of her psychological fragmentation and arduous journey toward wholeness, the pseudonymous Casey displays the impulse toward health that seems a driving force of nature. She begins her story, with all names and locations changed, at the University of Chicago, where, as a graduate student, she sought counseling in 1981. Unlike Casey's previous experiences of quick-fix therapy, this time the psychotherapist, Wilson, proved a sensitive listener. Casey soon revealed her secret names, marking different selves with distinct memories and, as observed by Wilson, distinct voices, postures and expressions. Originally opposed to Wilson's diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder, Casey embraced it during her struggles over the four-year course of intensive therapy, through stages of cooperation, opposition and even sabotage among selves that included the competent Renee, scholar Joan, self-destructive Josie, self-possessed Kendra and Rusty, a boy. Wilson's interspersed notes, covering her concerns as she extended therapy beyond the office and included her husband, a high school teacher, in the ``reparenting'' of each of Casey's personalities, offer a balancing perspective. Deftly told and studded with striking images, Casey's story--distinguished by her intelligence and courage and by Wilson's unremitting patience and compassion--witnesses equally the power of cruelty and indifference to damage children profoundly, and the capacity of love and hard work to heal. Casey is now a university professor. Literary Guild alternate. (May)
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``Oh, Renee, you know that I think integration is secondary to having all the personalities inside feel better about themselves,'' said therapist Wilson. One of numerous unique personalities, female and male, embodied in a single, 26-year-old woman, ``Renee'' once again felt reassured by her therapist's words. Roughly a year and a half had passed since the troubled Casey first telephoned Wilson. A social worker with 20 years' experience, Wilson had never treated a case of multiple personality disorder (MPD). Casey had seen other therapists, but with little result. Wilson read the theoretical literature on MPD; she reread Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley's The Three Faces of Eve ( LJ 2/15/57) and Flora Rheta Schreiber's Sybil ( LJ 7/73). She consulted Cornelia Wilbur, the doctor who had treated Sybil. But ultimately Wilson depended on her own clinical and parenting instincts. Unorthodox and unconventional, her treatment brought to light a history of emotional and sexual abuse, a hallmark of MPD. The autobiography is interspersed with Wilson's case notes and diary entries. By turns thrilling, tedious, saddening, and inspiring, the book will engage almost anyone who enjoys a good love story. Literary Guild alternate.--Marlene Charnizon, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394568423
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/4/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 303

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Excellent Narrative

    The flock Casey refers to is the flock of personalities that resides within her. Likened to the cooperation a flock of birds experience to fulfill a collective goal. Casey leads us through her flight from walking a tightrope in the daily struggles of life to the flight of integration she migrated into. With the help of not only a very devoted therapist who practiced reparenting to an extreme by having Casey live with her for brief peroids of time, Casey is accompanied by the therapist's dedicated husband also. Casey is able to reach her integration goal in record time and simutaniously masters her graduate studies at Harvard. Very distinct and well written conversations are captured between her personalities to express the internal dialogues that continually take place in this honest and clear tale. Therapists notes are scattered throughout the book to give a professional viewpoint to a process that was to be the first of several DID cases she would encounter in her career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    Excellant Book!!!

    The book will "hook" you immediately! This book was absolutely fascinating!!

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