The Myth of Sanity by Martha Stout
Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

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Why 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 fiancé 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 more 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.

About Martha Stout

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Martha Stout, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice, served on the faculty in psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for twenty-five years. She is also the author of The Myth of Sanity. She lives on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.
Published February 26, 2002 by Penguin Books. 274 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The author, who works with victims of severe psychological trauma, starts with a simple observation: “We are all a little crazy.” In an engaging volume free of jargon and cant, she argues that psychological dissociation (loosely defined as being AWOL from your own direct experience), though norma...

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Engaging in the fashionable practice of analyzing psychiatric disorders in terms of the culture at large, Stout claims that in our repeated exposure to media violence, we have become a ""shell-shocked species."" In other words, the everyday experiences of distraction and escape (""spacing out"" d...

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