The Bifurcation Of The Self: The History And Theory Of Dissociation And Its Disorders (library Of The History Of Psychological Theories).

The Bifurcation Of The Self: The History And Theory Of Dissociation And Its Disorders (library Of The History Of Psychological Theories)

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ISBN details

  • ISBN 10: 0387274138
  • ISBN 13: 9780387274133


Overview

for More Than A Hundred Years, Dissociative States, Sometimes Referred To As Multiple Personality Disorder, Have Fascinated The Public As Well As Scientists. The Precise Nature Of This Disorder Is A Controversial One, Dividing Clinicians, Theorists, And Researchers. Challenging The Conventional Wisdom On All Sides, Robert Rieber’s Bifurcation Of The Self Traces The Clinical And Social History Of Dissociation In A Provocative Examination Of This Widely Debated Phenomenon.

at The Core Of This History Is A Trio Of Related Evolutions—hypnosis, Concepts Of Identity, And Dissociation—beginning With Nineteenth-century Hysterics And Culminating In The Modern Boom In Dissociative Identity Disorder (did) Diagnoses And The Parallel Rise In Childhood Abuse/repressed Memory Cases. Rieber Does Not Argue The Non-existence Of Did; Rather He Asserts That It Is A Rare Disorder Exaggerated By Dissociation Advocates And Exploited By The Media. In Doing So, He Takes On Some Of The Most Difficult Questions In The Field:

- How Crucial Is Memory To A Person’s Identity?

- Can Two Or More Autonomous Personalities Actually Exist In The Same Body?

- If Trauma Causes Dissociation, Why Aren’t There More Did Cases?

- Why Are Did Cases Prevalent In Some Eras But Not In Others?

- Does Dissociative Disorder Belong In The Dsm?

the Book Is Rigorously Illustrated With Two Centuries’ Worth Of Famous Cases Including Christine Beauchamp, Ansel Bourne, Eve Black/eve White, And Most Notably The Woman Known As Sybil, Whose Story Is Covered In Depth With Newly Revealed Manuscripts. And Rieber Reviews The Current State Of Did-related Controversy, From The Professionals Who Feel That The Condition Is Underreported To Those Who Consider It A Form Of Malingering, So That Readers May Draw Their Own Conclusions.



Other Details

  • Publisher: Springer
  • Language: Eng
  • Edition: 2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Date Published: 2006
  • Authors: Robert W. Rieber