Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber Book Review

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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, mysterious blackouts. What happened during those blackouts has made Sybil's experience one of the most famous psychological cases in the world. (Goodreads)

What did I think?
The story portrayed in Sybil is extremely disturbing. The abuse that was supposedly done by the mother is absolutely disgusting. I also found the relationship between Sybil and Dr. Wilber to be troublesome. I have heard of the controversy surrounding this case and while reading the book tried my best not to focus on things that others had already pointed out. However, it was just obvious at certain points in this book that something devious was going on. I am definitely in the camp of people who believe that Dr. Wilber took advantage of the situation for her own gain.
Did Sybil truly suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder? I do not believe it. I do think that she was a very troubled woman who was desperate for both help and attention though (I also do believe that DID is real).
Outside of all of that, the book was very well written. The fact that so many people believed every word is a testament to that fact.


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