A Fractured Mind : My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder
A Fractured Mind My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder Author:Robert B. Oxnam In 1989, Robert B. Oxnam, the successful China scholar and president of the Asia Society, faced up to what he thought was his biggest personal challenge: alcoholism. But this dependency masked a problem far more serious: Multiple Personality Disorder.At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, O... more »xnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn+t until 1990 during a session with Dr. Smith that the first of Oxnam+s eleven alternate personalities-an angry young boy named Tommy-suddenly emerged. With Dr. Smith+s help, Oxnam began the exhausting and fascinating process of uncovering his many personalities and the childhood trauma that caused his condition. This is the powerful and moving story of one person+s struggle with this terrifying illness. The book includes an epilogue by Dr. Smith in which he describes Robert+s case, the treatment, and the nature of multiple personality disorder. Robert+s courage in facing his situation and overcoming his painful past makes for a dramatic and inspiring book.« less
This is a memoir-type of book, HOWEVER, the epilogue, which is written by the psychiatrist who worked with the author through his split identities, is AMAZING! The story is compelling itself. You won't be disappointed with it. The book is actually written "by" the different personalities--very, very interesting to consider.
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this book keept me interested right until the end, It was one of the books that I didn't want to put down. the cover is like th hard cover book, but this one is in a soft cover. it is bigger than typical paperback
This is an amazing true story of a highly successful man who did not realize that he had multiple personalities until he was middle-aged.
He tackles his problems head on and makes remarkable progress with therapy. He also learns to respect and understand each of the personalities as he incorporates what they bring into his life.
It gets a little wordy, but it is still a worthwhile read.