Carol Tavris, Connie Wilbur, Cornelia Wilbur, Debbie Nathan, Dissociative Identity Disorder, ISSD, ISSTD, Monica Pignotti, Multiple Personality Disorder, Pseudoscience, Richard Kluft, self-deception, Shirley Mason, Sybil, Sybil Exposed, Wall Street Journal, Wanda Karriker
Carol Tavris Reviews the book Sybil Exposed
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent review by Carol Tavris of the book, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. In the comments section, predictably, a lengthy, heated discussion has ensued which includes comments from Debbie Nathan, Richard Kluft, Wanda Karriker (DID therapist and author of a work of fiction about a DID therapist and features government sponsored mind control experiments) and several others.
Readers of this blog can note the striking similarities between the attacks leveled by DID therapy proponents on their critics and the attacks leveled at those who have criticized attachment and coercive restraint interventions that are aimed at adopted children. The nit picking on irrelevant minutia, the attempts to shift the focus by making unjustified accusations against the critics, it’s all there for people to see. It is predictable that this will occur, when true believers cannot refute the facts presented in books such as Sybil Exposed. As Carol Tavris points out, the main issue here is not necessarily intentional deception of others. Although the book presents compelling evidence that this also occurred, it is self-deception that is the more interesting and relevant issue where therapists and patients with heavy investments in belief (not just monetary) are involved.