This book uses case history methodology to illustrate the relationship between theory and practice of the study of Dissociation Identity Disorder (DID). The book traces the clinical and social history of dissociation in a provocative examination of this phenomenon.
A Brief History of Multiplicity.- The Roots of Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder.- "Nothing but God and the Brain".- Prying Open the Lid.- Looking Inside the Box, Thinking Outside the Box.- Sybil A Case of Multiple Personalities and the Natural History of a Myth.- The Case of Sybil.- The Publication of a "Psychiatric Masterpiece".- The Myth Explodes.- Seminal Cases of Multiplicity A History.- Fourteen Seminal Cases.- Bifurcation of Self.
From the reviews:
"Reiber attempts to locate the history of the idea of dissociative states in a social context that owes much to popular hypnotism, Freudian and pseudo-Freudian psychodynamics and concepts of identity. ... On reflection, a reader is likely to feel better informed and most likely stimulated by some of the questions Reiber poses. ... It asks good questions and keeps the reader asking them long after the book is laid aside." (Mark Welch, Metapsychology-online, September, 2006)
"Book seemingly addresses to psychologists and psychiatrists is Robert W. Rieber's The Bifurcation of the Self: The History and Theory of Dissociation and its Disorders. ... This book will be useful to mental health professionals looking for an overview of selected past ideas and cases of dissociation, particularly DID." (Carlos S. Alcarado, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 21 (1), 2007)
Introduction.- Part One. A History of Multiplicity: Chapter 1. The Roots of Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociated Identity Disorder.- Chapter 2. Nothing but God and the Brain.- Chapter 3. Prying Open the Lid: The Origins of Hypnosis.- Chapter 4. Looking inside the Box, Thinking outside the Box.- Part Two. Sybil: A Case of Multiple Personalities and The Natural History of a Myth: Chapter 5. The Case of Sybil: The Wilbur/Schrieber Version.- Chapter 6. The Publication of a Psychiatric Masterpiece.- Chapter 7. The Myth Explodes.- Part Three. Seminal Cases of Multiplicity: A History: Chapter 8. Fourteen Seminal Cases.- Chapter 9. Bifurcation of Self: Retrospective and Prospective.- Appendix.