When Rabbit Howls

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"To escape the horror of violent abuse, the two-year-old child "went to sleep" and created the inner world of "the Troops," the 92 voices that shielded her from pain, but that she didn't know existed until adulthood. this is a journey through the fragmented world of the multiple personality—told by the Troop."—Amazon.com.

To escape the horror of violent abuse, the two-year-old child "went to sleep" and created the inner world of "the Troops, " the 92 voices that ...

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Overview

"To escape the horror of violent abuse, the two-year-old child "went to sleep" and created the inner world of "the Troops," the 92 voices that shielded her from pain, but that she didn't know existed until adulthood. this is a journey through the fragmented world of the multiple personality—told by the Troop."—Amazon.com.

To escape the horror of violent abuse, the two-year-old child "went to sleep" and created the inner world of "the Troops, " the 92 voices that shielded her from pain, but that she didn't know existed until adulthood. This is a journey through the fragmented world of the multiple personality--told by the Troop.

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The strange world inhabited by those afflicted with schizophrenia or multiple personality syndrome is virtually impenetrable. By illuminating these convoluted worlds, both books make major contributions to the understanding of mental illness. North began to exhibit manifestations of schizophrenia as a child. Desite her acceptance of ``voices'' and ``visions'' as reality, the reader can easily identify with her as she struggles through her schooling. She graphically descibes her breakdowns and traumatic hospitalizations during her college years and in medical school. Her eventual success in conquering her disability and attaining her goal of becoming a physician evokes a sense of exhilaration. Unlike North's book, which is clearly focused, When Rabbit Howls is disconnected, disjointed, fragmented. Written while undergoing psychotherapy by a woman who had been severely abused sexually as a child, the book shows us scores of personalities who do not even recognize that they dwell in one body. Amazingly, the woman who sought therapy was not considered abnormal by her close friends. Phillips, the treating psychotherapist, believes that many sexually abused children develop multiple personalities as a defense mechanism. The emergence of individuals with names like Miss Wonderful, Outrider, Nails, Tunnel, and Mean Joe, who submerge themselves so that only one image is publicly presented, makes for fascinating, provocative reading. Carol R. Glatt, New Jersey Bioethics Commission, Trenton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515103298
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 180,821
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    It's Rabbit Season!

    I read WHEN RABBIT HOWLS about 20 years ago following my Abnormal Psychology class and watching the movie SYBIL. It was a truly amazing (and sometimes horrifying) account of what the human mind can do to protect itself. Along with Sybil, I think Ms. Chase's experience is one that all psychologists and therapists can learn from.

    The author, Truddi Chase, had close to 100 different personalities living inside her head. To keep track of them all, I jotted each one's name down on a sheet of paper, along with their personalities. It came in quite handy, and I recommend every reader do the same to keep track of them all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

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    Touching, informative, brave

    This book is unique in that it is written by the different personalities created to save a woman from a horrific trauma. I admire this woman's bravery to put her story out there in such detail so that other's may learn from her experiences. This story is extremely touching and sad as well as grafic and detailed. I do not recommend it for the squeemish. However, if you have a desire to learn or cope with abuse, Truddi Chase does an excellent job sharing her experiences and healing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    One woman's discovery of her forgotten nightmare

    This is a (bizarre) true story, written by the woman (women!) who actually experienced it. The main character(s), all 92 multiples of them, are inexplicably linked and were "born" in a nightmare most of us can never imagine. The "troops", Truddi Chase's multiple personalities, were formed at different ages, and for different reasons, all of them during horrific trauma. Her growing awareness of their existence, and learning to live in this fragmented way is a story you will not soon forget. This is a complicated, spiritual, supernatural, unbelievable tale of a a monstrous family, and one little girl's intricate coping mechanism. She survived.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    I could not put this book down.

    While sometimes a little difficult to understand, I did not mind going back and reading the sentences over and over. This book is very important and I reccomend it to anyone. Truddi and her Troops were so brave to write this book, and it definitely shows that one can survive the horrible acts described in the pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

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    Nothing like it

    This is my second time reading "Rabbit". I had read it many years ago and remembered a deeply affecting story. This book reads like horror/sciencefiction at its best and most terrifying. The powers of the human mind, the strength of will and survival skills of a tortured child takes the reader on an unforgettable journey to bear witness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    A must read!!!

    This tale of cruelty and abuse is so heart breaking you cannot help but continue reading. I have read this book about 10 times and after a while you can tell which personality is writing at the moment; a unique quality not present in Sybil, or Three Faces of Eve. But be prepared to cry, and get really angry. By the end of the book I wanted to punch someone in the face for what happened to that little girl so long ago. I don't want to spoil any of this amazing book, so go read it for yourself!! It is sure to remain on your book shelf as a dark classic and a book you can read when you are sad, need a good cry, or just want to read about someone who understands abuse.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    Mess With Your Mind

    I read this years ago. A true account of one of the real and most horrific multiple personality disorders to date. A bit hard to get into, and follow all the characters, but a hauntingly powerful read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    Unlike anything you've ever read before!

    Fascinating! Incredible story! Hard to believe! This amazing story will keep you up reading all night! I was unable to put it down and almost felt that I knew the characters personally! Fantastic! Superb! I highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in MPD as well as anyone who simply loves a great page-turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Wow

    This is one of the best books I've read involving multiple personality disorder. It tells you everything that goes on inside her head a long with what goes on outside. This is a deffinate recommendation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Terrific Book!

    IMHO one of the best books on MPD out there. It's unique because it tells the story from the prospective of the alters. I found this book interesting and sometimes disturbing and overall a work of courage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    An Unforgetable Book

    Truddi Chase¿s story is one that helps anyone to better understand MPD. Chase¿s resilience via the Troop¿s is amazing. This is one of the most amazing and heart retching stories that I have ever read. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a different type of read for once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    at times slow too read-but very enlightening

    great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    A interesting and educational book

    i think i learned alot about sybil just by reading about her personalities . But this book educated me on the story sybil 's lifeand how she ended up with this disorder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    A book I will never forget.

    Trudi Chase's story/book is unforgettable; disturbing and fascinating. Chase's resilience via the Troops is amazing. The reader's journey into her horrible, sad past and courageous present will undoubtedly be a significant personal experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    Great

    a fascinating peek It takes a lot of courage to write a book like this, where the hearts and feelings and egos of the characters are relentlessly exposed and the reader is listening to their thoughts, not a narrative that's been dry-cleaned for public approval. It is an uncomfortable, yet utterly fascinating peek into their minds and souls. Told with amazing insight, wit and humor, the author, writes with so much depth and compassion that the reader is entertained, amused and disconcerted with a story that is both heart-wrenching and funny, sometimes at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    An Unforgetable Book

    Like Heather Bland, Mary & I read this facinating book about 10 years ago. It also disappeared within the family. Being avid readers, this is the one book that has stayed with us. So unbelieveable what one person can do to another and have no remorse and then her journey back to reality. This is the book for that journey. Whether you are a Phychiatrist or someone who loves to read, do yourself a favor and buy this book. Where Trudi Chase is today, is known to a small circle of people, but wherever she is, we both hope and pray she is doing well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2001

    There is life after abuse.

    As a student of psychology, I found this book to be truly an amazing depiction of how the human mind can be an extraordinary tool. MPD can easily be mistaken for other ailments, however in the case of Trudie and her 'Troops', there is no mistaking that the child abuse she experienced is a good reason why her mind went into hiding. This selection is graphic in nature, but needs to be read by those who have experienced abuse, have abused, or just for those who enjoy a really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Incredible story

    Although I did not 'enjoy' reading is book, as it is filled with great horrors, I found it to be very emotionally intense and powerful. An incredible story of one woman's inner strength and hope to go on. The style in which it was written was very different from the usual prespective. I learned a lot about our human abilities to cope with even the most severe abuse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    a great book.....an interesting life....

    Speaking as a person who has MPD/DID, this made me feel as if I am not all alone. it made it easier for others around me too, cause I let them read it so they could understand me better. I reccommend reading this touching and sometimes frightening story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    Amazing

    This book is absolutely outstanding. It depicts a woman whose life was torn upside-down because of a disturbed childhood at two farms. It lets the reader become more aware of what MPD really is. It has let me understand why people have subconsciously turned to MPD. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble with any type of abuse as well as MPD.

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