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First Person Plural: My Life As a Multiple

West, Cameron

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ISBN 10: 0786863900 / ISBN 13: 9780786863907
Published by ew York, New York, U.S.A.: Hyperion Books, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A near fine copy in a near fine, mylar protected DJ. Inscribed and signed by author on half title page; 5th printing; 8vo., 319 pages. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 23066

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Title: First Person Plural: My Life As a Multiple

Publisher: ew York, New York, U.S.A.: Hyperion Books

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

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...written by a man who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder...a candid and moving memoir.

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A singular first-person account of the much-debated condition now known as dissociative identity disorder (DID)formerly termed multiple personality disorderby a man who professes to have 24 separate personalities, or ``alters.'' West was a successful businessman when he began hearing the voices that led him to a psychologist's office and eventually to the diagnosis of DID. Although he had no memory of childhood sexual abuse by his mother and grandmother, his alters did, and as his psychologist explains, their existence was his mind's way of coping with those experiences. Introductory thumbnail sketches of his 24 alters help the reader to keep straight this extensive cast of characters. Most memorable are Clay, an eight-year-old whose untimely appearances put a damper on Wests' lovemaking, and Switch, another eight-year-old, whose knife attacks on West send him repeatedly to the emergency room. Now a would-be novelist, West exercises his fledgling narrative skills here, not only relating his own strange tale briskly, but adopting an all-seeing eye for scenes where he was not present, e.g., his wife at a DID support meeting or with an admirer whose attentions threaten their marriage. While West's story is primarily about his bizarre condition and how it changed his life (he sold his Massachusetts home and business and moved to California, earned a Ph.D. in psychology in order to better understand DID, spent time in psychiatric hospitals, and gradually came to accept as true the sexual abuse memories of his alters), it is also the story of a married couple dealing with one partner's mental breakdown and of how they handled the subject with their young son. The volume is illustrated throughout with pages from West's journal showing his alters' childish scrawls and drawings. DID skeptics may view this as an ingenious bit of fantasy; for those who found Sybil or The Three Faces of Eve believable and engrossing, this account will be even more so. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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