When Rabbit Howls

When Rabbit Howls


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When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase

A woman diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder reveals her harrowing journey from abuse to recovery in this #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography written by her own multiple personalities.

Successful, happily married Truddi Chase began therapy hoping to find the reasons behind her extreme anxiety, mood swings, and periodic blackouts. What emerged from her sessions was terrifying: Truddi’s mind and body were inhabited by the Troops—ninety-two individual voices that emerged to shield her from her traumatizing childhood.

For years the Troops created a world where she could hide from the pain of the ritualized sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her own stepfather—abuse that began when she was only two years old. It was a past that Truddi didn’t even know existed, until she and her therapist took a journey to where the nightmare began...

Written by the Troops themselves, When Rabbit Howls is told by the very alter-egos who stayed with Truddi Chase, watched over her, and protected her. What they reveal is a spellbinding descent into a personal hell—and an ultimate, triumphant deliverance for the woman they became.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425183311
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 470,816
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Truddi Chase was the author of When Rabbit Howls, a personal account of her abusive upbringing and her struggle with dissociative identity disorderShe passed away in 2010.

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“A fascinating book...unusual and very emotionally touching.” Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, the psychiatrist who treated Sybil

“Perhaps the most extraordinary victim of multiple personalities on record. A nightmarish story the reader cannot easily forget.” The Chicago Tribune

“Horrifying, compelling...a shocking tale...extremely disturbing.” Psychology Today

“An extraordinary story. [When Rabbit Howls] is the reconstruction, through therapy, of the lost life of a woman so...abused by her stepfather that her only defense down the years was to shatter into the Troops...no fewer than 92 different and autonomous personalities.” The Guardian (London)

“Remarkable...alarmingly real and courageous.” Toronto Sun

“Fascinating, provocative reading.” Library Journal

“The first book authored by a multiple personality...When Rabbit Howls is a document that breaks the silence...a searing indictment of the crime of child sexual abuse...a truly moving and thought-provoking work...an uplifting, inspiring story of a survivor.” Sojourner: The Women’s Forum

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When Rabbit Howls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
eak321 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
treegirls More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
vyode on LibraryThing 5 days ago
We're not really concerned. whether or not multiple personality disorder exists this is some nice nice adventure.
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
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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AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.