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The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation - The Hidden Epidemic
     

The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation - The Hidden Epidemic

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by Marlene, M.D. Steinberg M.D., Maxine Schnall
 

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You peer into the mirror and have trouble recognizing yourself.
You can't remember if you actually did something or only thought you did.
You feel as if you're going through the motions of life.

These are all symptoms of dissociation—a fragmented state of consciousness involving feelings of disconnection and amnesia that

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You peer into the mirror and have trouble recognizing yourself.
You can't remember if you actually did something or only thought you did.
You feel as if you're going through the motions of life.

These are all symptoms of dissociation—a fragmented state of consciousness involving feelings of disconnection and amnesia that affects 30 million individuals in North America alone. The surprising truth revealed in The Stranger in the Mirror, a groundbreaking book based on eighteen years of pioneering research, is that millions of people have dissociative symptoms that have gone undetected or untreated. This hidden epidemic has occurred simply because people have been unable to identify their problem, or were not asked the right questions about their symptoms. Since dissociation can be a person 's standard response to trauma, its symptoms are a common reaction to such life—threatening events as a car accident or such intense, lasting traumas as rape. There is a strong possibility that you or someone you know suffers from some dissociative condition. Because dissociative experiences are often illusive and hard to describe, they are rarely reported to therapists.

The Stranger in the Mirror offers the general public unique guidelines for identifying dissociative symptoms, as well as for treatment and recovery. It not only debunks many myths surrounding dissociation but also offers some startling revelations. For example, normal people experience dissociative symptoms in everyday life, and dissociation is as widespread as anxiety and depression and may explain such intriguing phenomena as past lives and near-death or out-of-body experiences.

Based on rigorous scientific testing, Dr. Marlene Steinberg has developed a breakthrough diagnostic tool for dissociation, one embraced by the mental health community as the "gold standard." The book's questionnaires, based on this test, will help you identify your own dissociative symptoms and will alert you to possible underlying dissociative causes of such pervasive conditions as anxiety, depression, manic-depression, attention-deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADRD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or even schizophrenia. If you have concerns about your own or a loved one's psychological health, this is a must-read book.

Filled with gripping and moving case histories of people with multiple personality or other dissociative conditions, The Stranger in the Mirror will take you behind the closed doors of the psychiatrist's office on a fascinating journey through the therapeutic process, providing enlightening insights into how all of us respond to trauma and overcome it. The innovative method of treatment described in this important book—the "Four C's," comfort, communication, cooperation, and connection—can benefit anyone in search of a healthier sense of self and a heightened capacity for joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060954871
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Quill
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
446,413
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Marlene Steinberg, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist and world renowned researcher in dissociation. Dr. Steinberg conducted her pioneering research at Yale University School of Medicine. She practices in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

Maxine Schnall a Pulitzer Prize nominee, is a former contributing editor to Woman's Day and the author of five books.

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The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation - The Hidden Epidemic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book, clearly going through the symptoms and causes of Dissociation. If you are struggling with this or if a family member is, this book can shine a light to help find answers to a lot of your questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few books have left me with the feeling of concrete evidence for a subject like The Stranger In The Mirror has. I understood at last what I experienced was documented and that it held an excellent prognosis. The format and explanation of DID was very helpful. Finally, the abridged test contained was a confirmation I needed to seek professional help. I appreciate this book and author so much. Scores of people could recognize their way of coping in life by reading this book. An essential primer in the world of multiple personality disorder now called dissociation identity disorder. By any name, not a rare form of survival esp. in these times of rampent child abuse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No stranger to the field of dissociation, the author has conducted systematic research and written on the subject for 20 years. This book is superb, accessible for everyone, informative, and beautifully written. It unveils the mysteries of dissociation, as well as its compassionate and effective treatment. It will help the readers to view the spectrum of dissociative behaviors that are perplexing and have been dismissed or denied by some; this book offers heightened understanding without the usual overdramatization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What most impressed me in this excellent read is its encouragement to the millions of people whose defense systems have sometimes gone awry, occasions which cause distress and confusion. In addition to the obvious reasons millions of sexually abused youth dissociate as a survival mechanism, perhaps it is time to take a look the strong link between societal 'indoctrination' at religious and cultural levels that GROOM otherwise healthy, normal people to get sick and to dissociate. My unhappy mother insisted that "we live to serve others" and she died at 52 years old because she was not taught to include herself in that love. If only her religion had encouraged her to befriend rather than sacrifice herself. While we all must agree to give up some of our freedoms (eg. stopping at stop lights) - there is also a limit to the lies we can tolerate before the instincts twist. In an intolerant society each of us can begin to eliminate dissociation by living our own courage and honesty, by sharing our opinions and ideas, by being a leader in our own lives. Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a very basic explanation of dissociation that focuses heavily on Dissociative Identity Disorder, this might be a good read. However, if you're looking for something that goes into more depth about depersonalization, derealization, and dissociative amnesia, look elsewhere. This book only devotes a couple of short chapters to them. I also have a problem with the way in which the book is written. There is an obnoxious overuse of cliché terms and wording that I think perpetuates stereotypes about people who have mental illnesses. The author also uses examples of "case studies" - people who appear to be "otherwise ordinary" (they have a job, are married, have kids, etc.) but who supposedly have been diagnosed with DID. These examples are given every few sentences and it becomes both repetitive and distracting.
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Helpful book that brings understanding to dissociation for those dealing with it personally or those dealing with a family member or friend that dissociates.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book that explained how to deal with dissociation and how common dissociation is for everyone. Dissociation is something that happens to everyone but for most of us it doesnt keep us from living a normal and productive life.