This I previously published on an extended blog Books on Child Abuse 1  as number  . I am reblogging all these gradually as the books themselves deserve the attention and so they are easier to find, rather than buried in one long post. These are not reviews so much as descriptions. The books I am blogging today are powerful ones which cover dissociation.
A Fractured Mind. My life with Multiple Personality Disorder. Robert B Oxnam
This is an amazing book. I have tried to understand Multiple Personality Disorder ( now called Dissociative Identity Disorder) from a couple of other books which give many short examples and never managed it. However my understanding has leapt forward with this book – written from the point of view of many of the 11 different personalities in Robert B Oxnam.
I now understand how the different identities can interact or not even know that others exist.
Bob was in high powered jobs and had no idea he had multiple personality caused by child abuse, until he went to a therapist for his alcoholism and the therapist told him his hour was up when he thought he had only just got there.
The book takes you through all the different personalities, (Bob, Robert, Bobby, the Witch, Wanda, Eyes, Robbey, Tommy, Baby, the librarian being most) whereabouts each of them live in the Castle (of personalities), which of them manifest as external personalities, which are dominant and when, and which reside within the individual. It details who speaks to who, why it happened and the extraordinary journey he travels in understanding and reconciling the personalities to down to just 3 who actually discuss together to work out the best way forward for the sole. The book also has insightful input from his therapist.
His journey is essentially about bringing down the walls of the rooms in the castle and blending the personalities into a better functioning whole.
Definitely worth reading.
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers. National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
 A Fractured Mind. My life with Multiple Personality Disorder. Robert B Oxnam ISBN 9781904132905
 Books n Child Abuse 1 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/books-on-child-abuse/
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/
[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/
[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/
[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/
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