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Sybil
Author
Flora Rheta Schreiber

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Book Summary

Records the life of a young woman who assumed 16 personalities, possibly due to abuse by her neurotic mother, and describes the events and outcome of her 11 years in psychoanalysis.

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Shirley Mason was the psychiatric patient whose life was portrayed in the 1973 book Sybil. The book and subsequent film caused an enormous spike in reported cases of multiple personality disorder. Mason later admitted she had faked her multiple personalities.

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