The Stranger in the Mirror: The Hidden Epidemic

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Harper Collins, Nov 23, 2010 - Psychology - 344 pages

Discover groundbreaking findings on a hidden epidemic -- and why it so often is misdiagnosed.

You peer into the mirror and have trouble recognizing yourself. You feel as if you're going through the motions of life or you're watching a movie of yourself.

These are all symptoms of dissociation -- a debilitating psychological condition involving feelings of disconnection that affects 30 million people in North America and often goes untreated. The Stranger in the Mirror offers unique guidelines for identifying and recovering from dissociative symptoms based on Dr. Marlene Steinberg's breakthrough diagnostic test. Filled with fascinating case histories of people with multiple personalities, this book provides enlightening insights into how all of us respond to trauma and overcome it. Her innovative method of treatment will benefit anyone in search of a healthier sense of self and a heightened capacity for joy.

 

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If you're looking for a very basic explanation of dissociation that focuses heavily on Dissociative Identity Disorder, this might be a good read. However, if you're looking for something that goes into more depth about depersonalization, derealization, and dissociative amnesia, look elsewhere. This book only devotes a couple of short chapters to them. I also have a problem with the way in which the book is written. There is an obnoxious overuse of cliché terms and wording that I think perpetuates stereotypes about people who have mental illnesses. The author also uses examples of "case studies" - people who appear to be "otherwise ordinary" (they have a job, are married, have kids, etc.) but who supposedly have been diagnosed with DID. These examples are given every few sentences and it becomes both repetitive and distracting.  

Contents

In Their Own Words
3
A Healthy Defense Gone Wrong
8
Debunking the Myths
19
RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS AND RATING YOUR SYMPTOMS
29
The Five Core Symptoms
31
The Black Hole of Lost Memories
37
Watching Yourself from a Distance
52
A Visit to the Land of Oz
68
Men Abuse and Dissociative Disorders
118
The Troublemaker
129
Wounded Passion
169
Nightmare Visions
207
The Four Cs
253
UFO Abductions
275
Unnecessary Losses
294
Index
309

When You Dont Know Who You Are
82
One Person Many Selves
100
About Our Web Site
317
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Marlene Steinberg, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist and world renowned researcher in dissociation. Dr. Steinberg conducted her pioneering research at Yale University School of Medicine. She practices in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

Maxine Schnall a Pulitzer Prize nominee, is a former contributing editor to Woman's Day and the author of five books.

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