Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber - Book Review

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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

The narrative in Sybil is quite unsettling. The abuse that was supposedly done by the mother is completely appalling. I also found the relationship between Sybil and Dr. Wilber to be troubling. I was aware of the controversy surrounding this case and did my best to avoid focusing on any of the issues that had already been highlighted while reading the book.

However, it was just obvious at certain points in this book that something sinister was going on. I wholeheartedly agree with those who think Dr. Wilber abused the circumstance to further her own interests.

Did Sybil truly suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder? I don't think that is the case. However, I do feel that she was a profoundly troubled individual who needed both assistance and attention (I also do believe that DID is a very real condition).

The novel was genuinely well written despite everything else. The fact that so many people believed every word is a testament to that fact.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

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