The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

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The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

The Myth of Sanity Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness When we say a friend was like a different person we may be right than we know The Boston GlobeWhy does a gifted psychiatrist suddenly begin to torment his own beloved wife How can a ninety pound woma

  • Title: The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness
  • Author: Martha Stout
  • ISBN: 9780142000557
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • When we say a friend was like a different person, we may be right than we know The Boston GlobeWhy does a gifted psychiatrist suddenly begin to torment his own beloved wife How can a ninety pound woman carry a massive air conditioner to the second floor of her home, install it in a window unassisted, and then not remember how it got there Why would a brilliant When we say a friend was like a different person, we may be right than we know The Boston GlobeWhy does a gifted psychiatrist suddenly begin to torment his own beloved wife How can a ninety pound woman carry a massive air conditioner to the second floor of her home, install it in a window unassisted, and then not remember how it got there Why would a brilliant feminist law student ask her fianc to treat her like a helpless little girl How can an ordinary, violence fearing businessman once have been a gun packing vigilante prowling the crime districts for a fight A startling new study in human consciousness, The Myth of Sanity is a landmark book about forgotten trauma, dissociated mental states, and multiple personality in everyday life In its groundbreaking analysis of childhood trauma and dissociation and their far reaching implications in adult life, it reveals that moderate dissociation is a normal mental reaction to pain and that even the most extreme dissociative reaction multiple personality is common than we think Through astonishing stories of people whose lives have been shattered by trauma and then remade, The Myth of Sanity shows us how to recognize these altered mental states in friends and family, even in ourselves We only think we re sane, says this Harvard psychologist The befuddled, normally sane masses can learn a lot from the victims of grave psychological abuse Dallas Morning Star

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    1. Caroline on said:

      A very easy to understand book written about dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder). I didn't like the writer's style, which I found rather twee and cloying, but she gets full marks for clarity and for giving a first rate explanation of this syndrome.The basic thread that runs throughout the book is that this condition is experienced by people across a broad spectrum. The sort of drama and disruptive switches in personality states that we associate wit [...]

    2. Shaun on said:

      It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal framesWe all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have co-tenants in this house we live in. - Oliver Wendell HolmesI really enjoyed Stout's well-written and engaging narrative describing her years treating dissociative disorders including DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder formerly referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder.The workings of the human brain are so c [...]

    3. Nomy on said:

      a new friend got this book for me after we had a couple conversations where i mentioned dissociation and parts. i feel really grateful. this is a good read, well-written and compassionate, from the perspective of a therapist who works with trauma survivors. i really appreciate her approach, she's not trying make these clear definitions, she's showing ways that dissociation affects all of our lives, and lots of different ways it can show up ranging from spacing out in the middle of a conversation [...]

    4. Anita on said:

      The book talks about the implications of trauma in childhood on the psychology of adults. The "myth" of sanity is that we all have moments where we "dissociate" based on childhood experiences that can be fear inducing to traumatic. To the extreme Dr. Stout, with as much as intellect and clarity as her explanation of sociopathology in the Sociopath Next Door, talks about Dissociative Identity Disorder (Mutliple Personality Disorder) and the symptoms, experiences, and approaches to healing. The bo [...]

    5. Doreen Petersen on said:

      Interesting book on mental health but it only focused on one aspect. Wish it had focused on more. Still a very good book though.

    6. Susan on said:

      We are all capable of disassociating and often do without knowing it from daydreaming to being on "autopilot" to being totally absorbed in a book or project. This is a mild form. The premise of this book is that Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is a protective mechanism of the human ego that occurs when one is faced with terror and abuse literally too great to bear. DID does not equal "crazy". DID does equal traumatized. This is a fascinati [...]

    7. Theodora on said:

      This book was incredible to read. It has been one of the most accessible books I've read on trauma. it also talks about how disassociation affects everyone -- and also the little traumas people go through that cause disassociation. I read this at the right time.

    8. Dayne Myers on said:

      Martha Stout's writings read amazingly well, she structures the concepts such that anyone should grasp them with ease.

    9. Allison on said:

      3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because it really clarified the process/existence/functioning of Dissociative Identity Disorder for me. I was originally annoyed that all of her case studies were amalgamations (and thus her own creations). However, she used these patchwork case studies well to describe and explain an occurrence that is controversial even in the question of it's very validity or existence, and is very often exoticized and dramatized in the accounts of it that do exist. After readin [...]

    10. Lane on said:

      Notes:p. 12 Awareness is life-giving. Dissociation and numbness are lethal.p. 17 "The traumatized brain houses inscrutable eccentricities that cause it to overreact--moe precisely, mis-react--to the current realities of life."sensing inro -> amygdala via thalamus (attaches emotional significance) -> hippocampus (organizes this input and integrates it into whole events (stress-responsive neurohormones eg norepinephrine)This process is subject to meaning/modification by future events. IOW th [...]

    11. Jo Ann Hall on said:

      Dissociation is a common coping mechanism employed by all humans to evade the uncomfortable and the painful, even the boring. When the truth is too much to bear, the brain is able to offer sanctuary of some sort through a temporary disconnection from reality. Stout gives an example of dissociation that all can relate to when she describes a return home following a long day at work and the sudden realization by the driver that he or she can't remember anything from the route home. In severe traum [...]

    12. Zoe on said:

      I love the quote at the beginning of this book: "With our thoughts, we make the world."11/27/11 - I really liked the first two thirds of this book because I found them so readable and informative. The last third, entitled "switchers," about people who switch back and forth between different personalities, didn't interest me as much, for some reason.

    13. Darice on said:

      A well-narrated account of her experience with dissociation, from the extreme dissociative identity disorder to the common driving-trance, Stout explains dissociation as an adaptive skill for survival in the face of trauma. Despite the seemingly clinical context, many of her insights into childhood and personality are applicable to everybody on some level or another.

    14. Chad on said:

      Do you dissociate? This book by a Harvard clinician explores the range of dissociative phenomena, from momentary spacing out to dissociated ego states to dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder). The bad news: you'll probably recognize somebody you know, if not yourself. The good news: with the right approach, they can all be treated.Fascinating.

    15. Topolub on said:

      I learned that we all play different roles in life, and depending on the growth of our psychological makeup those roles may come to struggle for power inside of us. It is a beautiful book and I would recommend it to everyone.

    16. Ryan Johnson on said:

      Good readA bit annoyed with Pro-Feminist writing style but, well, the author is a women, LOL.DID is real, and Dehabilitating, yet at the same time amazing in its presentation and protective manner.

    17. Hawkin47 on said:

      I have too many friends who really need to read this book. Anyone who's ever experienced a higher level of trauma really needs to read this book. It's amazing.

    18. Maria on said:

      This was great. Really easy to understand yet it didn't feel like it was dumbed-down. This lady really knows her stuff. This resonated a lot with what I knew and shed light on what I suspected.

    19. P.a.jayaprakash on said:

      Superb book!!An experiencing of the split personality and the author decently presented other wise can fall into a fiction What we feel, we are not sometimes we see some people behave erratic and we go never mind but some reason all hide behind their actionNow these behaviour carry some title likeDID (dissociative identity disorder)Well presented Good

    20. Eric Susak on said:

      Absolutely compelling. Martha Stout humanizes the typically "crazy." In this study on dissociation and trauma, Stout helps the reader gain some understanding and empathy toward those who have developed overbearing dissociations due to early trauma. Through narrative interspersed with clinic analysis, she delves into the complexity, volatility, and strength of the human mind, while also suggesting ways in which people can recover from the vast defenses that our minds can construct against trauma. [...]

    21. M on said:

      I forgot that Martha Stout was the reason I majored in Psychology. My first forays into that particular section of Barnes and Noble came in the form of a book called "Whispers" that zeroed in mostly on schizophrenia, and The Sociopath Next Door, which is definitely Stout's claim to fame. The writing was direct and engaging, and served as a springboard into the field as a whole. I tore through every abnormal psych book B&N had to offer, then, after a momentary stint in community college, I en [...]

    22. loeilecoute on said:

      This book is the most readable, easily understandable description of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) that I have read. As a psychiatrist of thirty years practice, I always find it a novel experience to come upon a book that captures the complex heart and soul of a difficult diagnostic category. Dr Stout gives compelling case histories that give one the essence of what treatment could feel like if you were the therapist. She helped clarify a question that I have had about the "authenticity" [...]

    23. Miss Makaveli on said:

      I want to give this book 5 stars, but have to settle at 4 The reason I would give it 5 stars is because the book itself was full of brilliantly interesting case studies. However, that was to be expected, as anyone interested in psychology, neurology or simply the amazing coping mechanisms of the brain would also expect when picking up this book. The reason I am giving it 4, bordering on a 3, is because of all the unnecessary pieces she includes. Perhaps other people will find her random bouts or [...]

    24. Michele on said:

      Dr. Stout shares provocative and horrifying stories of the true "survivors" of our time. Step by step she walks you through the nuts and bolts of the intangible processes the brain uses to keep terror at bay and allow the human being to function despite adverse circumstances. Did you know how trauma affects the brain? Have you wondered about how memories could possibly be "repressed"? How can people possibly want to cut themselves, and not seem to feel it when they do? Why is it sweet caring peo [...]

    25. Richard Schwindt on said:

      This book had me thinking and reviewing past clients in my head. We are far more aware of trauma these days with regards to PTSD, the experiences of victims of violence, accidents, war, etc. What is trickier are the long term aftershocks and the effect of childhood trauma on the otherwise functioning adult. This book asks us to explore some of the contradictions that exist within personality and offers some explanations for behaviors that can be otherwise difficult to understand. The phenomenon [...]

    26. Lynne on said:

      I read this book for my book group, and I'm so glad I did. Very out of my reading comfort zone. The book was really fascinating, mostly about how trauma sometimes divides one's consciousness as a coping mechanism. The author, a therapist, writes with such a compassionate tone and explained a lot of things that I didn't at all understand before, like the therapeutic use of hypnotism, and dissociative reactions. I found her view of human beings in general to be very inspiring, as she described man [...]

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