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Multiple Personality Disorder from the Inside Out [Paperback]

Cohen Barry , Barry M. Cohen , Lynn W
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If I had to offer one book to teach people what it's really like to live with multiplicity, I would choose this one. . . . I want everyone who knows I have MPD to read this helpful, comprehensive, disturbing, and wonderful book. I want other multiples to read it too, especially those who live in isolation, without contact with other multiples. Pass it on to your supportive friends and relatives. Give it to everyone on your holiday shopping list. -- Moving Forward, November-December 1991

MPD from the Inside Out . . . in many ways serves as a consolidation of what has been shared by MPD patients in their first-person accounts over the last several years. It is a powerful testament to the endurance, resilience, and courage of the human spirit, and a valuable resource for anyone who works in the dissociative disorders field. . . . It is a treasure-trove of powerful and evocative images and accounts that can provide an education immersion in the affective and attitudinal worlds of MPD patients. It is a competent guidebook to these terrains. It can take the reader to places that scientific articles and authoritative texts, however sensitive and eloquent, cannot. Because of its immense potential importance in helping therapists to understand MPD patients, and "walk a mile in their moccasins," its publication is an important event in the dissociative disorders field. -- Dissociation, June 1991

MPD from the Inside Out is a much needed resource for the professional community, victims, and their families/supporters. . . . [It] presents a picture of multiplicity that is both frightening in its graphic presentation of the violence that produces this disorder and hopeful in its tales of recovery and success. The book also implies in its writings a value on the underlying strength and determination and creativity of this population of survivors that is rarely spoken. . . . a powerful tool for therapists, an end to isolation and silence for survivors, and a source of insight on multiple personality disorder for all. -- Treating Abuse Today, vol. 3, no. 3, 1993

The unique quality of this book is the authentic voice of the person with MPD describing an unimaginable experience of life that becomes comprehensible and familiar. At some point the therapist who is learning about MPD must gain this understanding from the inside out and this can be a slow process when working with only one or a few individual clients. This book offers a giant step towards this understanding. -- Art Therapy, Autumn 1991

This book is a must for professionals, survivors, and their family or significant others. -- Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin, vol. 9, no. 2, 1993

This just-released anthology of clinically relevant articles is an excellent and timely contribution to the field of MPD and, indeed, to the field of psychotherapy in general. It presents a common vision of principles which are devoted to improving life with MPD and also a variety of applications and experiences which are useful to the clinician, client, and lay reader. In these pages the reader can find an exciting and deeply humanistic spirit from those who live with multiplicity and from spouses, relatives, or partners or survivors. -- Common Ground, August 1992

This shining jewel is a masterpiece of psychoeducation. It is a compilation of the writings of 132 people with MPD. This well-indexed book is nicely arranged into chapters dealing with diagnosis, emotional pain, skepticism, treatment issues including integration, and family issues. This is must reading for therapists and patients alike. -- ISSMP&D News, December 1991

Those individuals who know multiple personality disorder (MPD) best., i.e., those who live with the diagnosis every day, have contributed essays and poetry in this skillfully edited volume. This book, which should be required reading for every therapist who works with MPD, enables others to view life with MPD from the client's perspective, clearly describing their frustrations, confusion, courage, and hope. . . The book is a valuable resource to the client as well, providing a sense that someone shares her/his fears and feelings. It is a fresh look at the trials of the therapy process and informs therapists in a non-threatening way. Finally, it is an overview which can explain the many confusing components that family and friends experience daily in their lives with MPD clients. In a few, inexpensive pages, MPD from the Inside Out accomplishes a great deal. -- Journal of Traumatic Stress, April 1993

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This book is published by the Sidran Foundation, a national nonprofit organization devoted to advocacy, education, and research in support of people with traumatic stress conditions. To learn more about the Sidran Foundation and our work, please visit our website at http://www.sidran.org.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book ... Once and for always Nov. 28 2003
This is a collection of writing from 132 individuals, most of whom are multiples. Cohen (an art therapist) combined efforts with Lynn (editor/publisher of Many Voices), an Giller (director of The Sidran Foundation). Four questions were asked in a survey to subscribers of Lyn's work. The reoccurring themes were trust, control, and boundary-setting. They write that the book's audience "... may find here the wisdom of a collective voice, and structures upon which to build alliances."
This book was an important book at the time it was published and has remained so over the years. It was one of the first of its kind. At the time, Many Voices had 2,300 subscribers. There was a need for people to "come together." The questions asked of the multiples in 1990 were, "What do you wish you had known about MPD when you were first diagnosed? What would you like therapists to know about the experience of MPD? and, What do you think spouses, friends, and/or supportive family members should know about MPD?" Then, the significant others were asked to share their thoughts.
I remember how important this book was to me at the time. I had been diagnosed with MPD in January of 1990, and we had found this copy in 1992. I felt relief at hearing from a variety of multiples who were facing the same kind of experiences we were having. Some of my feelings were the same as them, some different. It was ok to feel about it as you may. I didn't realize at the time that there were other multiples that would try and maybe never find the right therapist, or that the therapy I was receiving was somewhat unique and very good. My therapist was very stable and practiced in his field and open minded.
Corey (Aynetal System)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, friendly, healing book

July 7 1996

By A Customer
I personally think this is a wonderful book :) It's a collection of
writing from 146 multiples and some of their significant others; lots
of prose, some poetry and a little art.

The writing was sent in as a response to a questionnaire distributed
to readers of <CITE>Many Voices</CITE> and members of ISSMP&D (now
ISSD). It contained three open questions for multiples, and one for
SOs. The multiple were asked what they wish they had known when they
were first diagnosed, and what the would like therapists and SOs to
know about MPD. SOs were asked what they would like to share with
other friends and SOs of multiples.

From these questions there is is a huge range of responses. From people
talking about the terror, or relief of their diagnosis as MP, to
guidelines to prevent abuse in therapy, and for health workers dealing
with multiples in the emergency room. It is this breadth that makes
the book so valuable to me, I can go to it just wanting companionship
in my fears, or looking for inspiration, or to help me find a solution
to a problem in our inside work.

The book is divided into nine chapters; the first seven deal with the
course of therapy (Diagnosis, Pain, Skeptics, Therapy Successes,
Therapy Disappointments, Hope, Unification). The last two are about
relationships, one (Families and Friends) talking about what the
multiple wants from their relationships, the other (Other's Voices) a
collection of writing by the SOs themselves, these are authored by
many people, including a son, a daughter, a mother, spouses, partners
and friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As someone who has DID/MPD, this is the best overall book I have read. It gives the perspective on MPD from those that know best, the people who have it. Being diagnosed with DID (the new name) is trauma in itself, let alone reading all the mis-information out there, and hearing the sensationalism. This book was like reading about myself. It validated my feelings and helped me not feel so alone and afraid. I still refer to parts of it for inspiration, information, and acknowledgment that I'm not crazy. I had my husband read the book, my therapist has read it, and anyone in my life that wants to be supportive also gets a copy. I am well on the road to recovery now, and I can truly say that this book helped me along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Personality Disorder From the Inside Out April 15 2001
This book was incredible. I wish I had read it when I was first diagnosed with the disorder, but I was well on my way into integration by the time I found it. Even still, it was helpful because I was able to see that others were feeling the same exact things I had felt and was still feeling. It validated my thoughts and feelings about every aspect of the disorder. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been diagnosed with MPD, their therapists, their significant others and anyone else who knows someone with MPD and wants to understand what is happening to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone June 6 2002
When I read this book, it was like a lightning from the
clear skies. It explained so many things about myself,
others, and consciousness in general. Also, it told me
so much about how much abuse there is in the world, and
how much prejudice there is against people who are different
from some narrowly accepted norms. If one reads this book
with the heart, it can teach so incredibly much about love
and compassion which are so lacking in our world. I recommend
this book to anyone, whether MPD or not MPD.
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