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Magic Daughter: A Memoir of Living with Multiple Personality Disorder
     

Magic Daughter: A Memoir of Living with Multiple Personality Disorder

by Jane Phillips
 

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Describes the authors day to day experience of living with Multiple Personality Disorder as well as her work with a remarkable therapist over the course of nearly a decade, trying to decode the workings of her mind & the reality of her past. Together, they uncover the memories of violence, abuse, & manipulation by her brothers & parents, who saw her as the

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Describes the authors day to day experience of living with Multiple Personality Disorder as well as her work with a remarkable therapist over the course of nearly a decade, trying to decode the workings of her mind & the reality of her past. Together, they uncover the memories of violence, abuse, & manipulation by her brothers & parents, who saw her as the long-awaited magic daughter who could save their dysfunctional family. She learns to sleep through the night without waking in terror as memory after memory surfaces; she teaches herself to differentiate between remembered pain & current illness, & much more.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After several years of intensive psychotherapy, French professor Jane Phillips (a pseudonym) was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder (MPD), a little-understood condition believed to result from childhood trauma. Faced with unpleasant situations, Phillips explains, a child chemically predisposed to dissociate will create multiple selves as a coping device. An incest survivor, Phillips has long been host to a multitude of personae ``because one self could not cope with all there was to be coped with.'' Here she offers a frank and articulate account of how the disorder has shaped her daily life and of her struggle to achieve integration-the process whereby various selves coalesce into a single, stable identity. At times painful to read, this memoir yields compelling insights into the difficulties of confronting and overcoming a debilitating disorder. The author's persistent determination not to let MPD thwart a successful career or become the defining force in her life is inspirational. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Since Sybil and Three Faces of Eve, a flood of information on multiple personality disorder (MPD) has surged into the public view. Here, an award-winning writer and French professor writing under the pseudonym Phillips leads the reader into an intimate portrayal of her life with many voices. Her story began as a suicide note but became a tool in her struggle to succeed and overcome all the dysfunction, violence, and degradation in her early life. She offers a chronological reading of growing up with MPD and describes her eight years of work with a remarkable psychologist, resulting in the reintegration of her "selves." Her personalities are collectively known as "The Kids," who demand coloring books, stuffed animals, and a nightlight. There are other titles in this area, of course, such as Trudi Chase's When Rabbit Howls (Jove, 1990) and Gene Stone's Little Girl Fly Away (LJ 3/1/94). But this poignant memoir by a gifted author is well recommended for all collections.-Lisa Wise, Univ. of Southern Colorado, Pueblo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140244557
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/15/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.47(d)

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