Flora Rheta Schreiber April 24, — November 3,  was an American journalist and the author of the bestseller Sybil. Her bestselling book, Sybil , tells the story of a woman identified years later as Shirley Ardell Mason who had a dissociative identity disorder and allegedly 16 different personalities. The name Sybil Isabel Dorsett was used to cover Mason's identity, as she insisted on the protection of her privacy. Schreiber later wrote The Shoemaker, a book documenting the true story of Joseph Kallinger , a serial killer who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber. Here is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett, a survivor of terrible childhood abuse who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts. What happened during those blackouts has made Sybil's experience one of the most famous psychological cases in the world.
Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published May 25th by Grand Central Publishing first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Sybil , please sign up. Oh wow how I would love to read this again. Has anyone just read the book for the first time? If so what do you think would you recommand it, to anyone?
Marisa Damiano I most certainly would recommend it to anyone who has any type of interest in this subject. I just finished it about 30mins ago. What is the price of this good read? See all 6 questions about Sybil…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 02, Brooke rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anybody who is interested in the mysteries of the human mind. Another old book review from my blog: This was one seriously fucked up book.
I have never seen the movie but, of course, knew what I was in for when I got the book. The name "Sybil" is very well known, and carries some stigma, in pop culture. However, I had no concept of the extent or the perversity of Sybil's mother's abuse which had been the prime instigation for Sybil's dissociations. When I was reading the sections describing what she had done to her daughter, I was literally beating my head Another old book review from my blog: This was one seriously fucked up book.
When I was reading the sections describing what she had done to her daughter, I was literally beating my head with the book and saying "That's so fucked up! Good thing there was nobody around to hear me except for Magnum. As far as writing style, I wouldn't say it was the best.
A little too clinical in the language, and a little lacking in the dramatic elements. I am sure this is mostly due to the fact that the author Flora Rheta Schreiber was a psychiatrist, and this was one of her first only? Not to mention that most of the conversations in the book were probably transcribed from tapes. But despite slightly distracting writing quality imperfections, this book was completely absorbing.
The more I got to know about Sybil and the strange ways her unconscious had devised to help her cope with her abusive childhood, the more I felt like I was losing my own mind. It seems that no matter how normal we might tell ourselves we are, there are so many things we can't remember These are the kind of things I found myself thinking about on the bus, or walking down the street, while reading this book.
I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in the mysteries of the human mind. View all 4 comments. Dahoon The book is fiction Apr 19, PM. Christy Bellinger dahoon - the description says it is based on a true story May 28, PM. Oct 30, Alessandra rated it did not like it Shelves: whackjobs , pseudoscience , no-longer-own , hateful.
A nasty piece of work. What's worse is it's a fraud. It's like reading a transcript of a witch trial confession. This book does a serious disservice to abuse victims. View all 7 comments. May 29, Kathryn rated it did not like it Shelves: fake-scams. This book is one of the most disgusting books ever written. For all of you about to read this book, thinking it's a true story, please read the following: This book was the brainchild of three women: Cornelia Wilbur, Shirley Mason, and Flora Schreiber.
Shirley, or "Sybil" as she's known, did not suffer from DID. She actually had Pernicious Anemia. Extensive research has been done on Sybil's case, and it has been proven that the entire book was fictious. Shirley developed all of her "personalities" This book is one of the most disgusting books ever written. Shirley developed all of her "personalities" after working with Dr. In fact, when talking to another theripest, Shirley asked if he wanted her to "act like Marcia," and when he said no, she said, "Oh, Connie is always telling me to act like Peggy or Tim, or Wilburs fault however.
Flora was doubting SHirley's story, and to make her stay with the project, Shirley gave her a journal from , with proof that she had been switching personalities before meeting Connie. It was later proven to be written in , because Shirley said she had been reading a book not published in , and the journal was written in ballpoint Instead of reading Sybil, read Sybil Exposed.
It's the true story, of the three womens lives, and is factual and much more interesting. View all 9 comments. Stephanie Watkins Would it not be worth a read anyway if reading with the understanding that it is fiction? It is interesting to me to see what these women made up and Would it not be worth a read anyway if reading with the understanding that it is fiction?
It is interesting to me to see what these women made up and a further discussion of why. Seems like they could have just published a good fiction story. Sierra Thank you for this review. Jun 01, PM. Jun 13, Mandy rated it it was amazing.
I had to read this in high school for my Psychology class. I'd never heard of Sybil or multiple personalities. I was so skeptical about all of it that when I read the book I had a hard time stopping with the class. We weren't allowed to read ahead and I was chomping at the bit to read the ending. Great book and side note Sally Field was superb in it.
View all 10 comments. Oct 15, Sara W rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , i-own-these-books. This was a very fascinating and at times very disturbing book. I probably would have given it 4 stars, but I made the mistake of looking up details about this woman online prior to finishing the book which really changed my feelings about the actual author and doctor involved.
Apparently this woman's story is very controversial in the mental health field. Had I known that, I would have finished the book prior to looking up details online more on this under "spoiler" , and I would suggest that i This was a very fascinating and at times very disturbing book.
Had I known that, I would have finished the book prior to looking up details online more on this under "spoiler" , and I would suggest that if you read this book, don't look up stuff online until you finish it. Apparently it's not really clear if this woman actually had multiple personalities.
Flora Rheta Schreiber
I loved this book, but I'm still not sure if I believe that a multiple personality disorder exists. It seems too easy to fake. This woman's story is remarkable. First of it's kind that I ever read. Flora Rheta Schreiber.
Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities
Sybil is the story of a woman with sixteen separate personalities, and was instrumental in influencing the definition and diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. A controversial cult classic, Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber is the extraordinary story of a woman who suffered from multiple personality disorder. She was so sick she couldn't come. So I came instead. Cornelia Wilbur, Sybil is the story of a woman with sixteen separate personalities, and was instrumental in influencing the definition and diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. Sybil's diagnosis has since been called into question - but, forty years after it was first published, her story remains a gripping and disturbing account of one woman's struggle for mental stability and happiness.
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