Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

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Sybil's story...was a complete fabrication. Sybil, whose real name was Shirley Mason, did not have a childhood trauma that caused her personality to fragment, and her "personalities" were...generated in response to pressures, subtle and coercive.
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Records the life of a young woman who assumed sixteen personalities, possibly due to abuse by her neurotic mother, and describes the events and outcome of her eleven years in psychoanalysis.
 

About Flora Rheta Schreiber

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Flora Rheta Schreiber was the psychiatry editor of Science Digest when she first heard about Sybil. She spent seven years writing this book. She is also the author of The Shoemaker. She died in 1988 in New York City of a heart attack.
 
Published by Grand Central Pub.
Genres: . Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Below average
on Oct 29 2011

Sybil's story...was a complete fabrication. Sybil, whose real name was Shirley Mason, did not have a childhood trauma that caused her personality to fragment, and her "personalities" were...generated in response to pressures, subtle and coercive.

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New Scientist

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on Oct 20 2011

Sybil remains a good book and movie, but perhaps Nathan's version of the story is the one worth telling in classrooms.

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