10 February 2012 @ 10:08 pm
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathan Swift  

"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathan Swift

One afternoon in 1989, Karen Overhill walks into psychiatrist Richard Baer’s office complaining of vague physical pains and depression. Odder still, she reveals that she’s suffering from a persistent memory problem. Routinely, she “loses” parts of her day, finding herself in places she doesn’t remember going to or being told about conversations she doesn’t remember having. Her problems are so pervasive that she often feels like an impersonator in her own life; she doesn’t recognize the people who call themselves her friends, and she can’t even remember being intimate with her own husband.

Baer recognizes that Karen is on the verge of suicide and, while trying various medications to keep her alive, attempts to discover the root cause of her strange complaints. It’s the work of months, and then years, to gain Karen’s trust and learn the true extent of the trauma buried in her past. What she eventually reveals is nearly beyond belief, a narrative of a childhood spent grappling with unimaginable horror. How has Karen survived with even a tenuous grasp on sanity?

Then Baer receives an envelope in the mail. It’s marked with Karen’s return address but contains a letter from a little girl who writes that she’s seven years old and lives inside of Karen. Soon Baer receives letters from others claiming to be parts of Karen. Under hypnosis, these alternate Karen personalities reveal themselves in shocking variety and with undeniable traits—both physical and psychological. One “alter” is a young boy filled with frightening aggression; another an adult male who considers himself Karen’s protector; and a third a sassy flirt who seeks dominance over the others. It’s only by compartmentalizing her pain, guilt, and fear in this fashion—by “switching time” with alternate selves as the situation warrants—that Karen has been able to function since childhood.

Realizing that his patient represents an extreme case of multiple personality disorder, Baer faces the daunting task of creating a therapy that will make Karen whole again. Somehow, in fact, he must gain the trust of each of Karen’s seventeen “alters” and convince them of the necessity of their own annihilation.

As powerful as Sybil or The Three Faces of Eve, Switching Time is the first complete account of such therapy to be told from the perspective of the treating physician, a stunningly devoted healer who worked selflessly for decades so that Karen could one day live as a single human being.

Highlight of my last couple of days. Since I've been back to reading, I didn't start a new one (I bought The Graveyard Book and Sherlock Holmes (complete set) last month.) but kept reading what I started last fucking year.

I had loved this book the minute I started, but it was too depressing at the first half and I couldn't make myself go after a point. (SEE: IT WAS DEPRESSING.) Seriously though, as much as Karen herself AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FLAWLESS, INSPIRING, UNIQUE, ETC PERSON, what she's been through was simply.... too much to even read at times.

I'm seriously amazed at one's mind. What a person is capable of. It's.... truly a miracle. Just read it yourself and fall in love with MPD all over. (Not the part what causes it though, ugh. Still disgusted enough. And sad.)

ETA: I will just add these quotes from Karen's current blod, so later I can find them.

Video of ABC Good Morning America interview with Dr.Baer

I’m not sure of all the nationalities of my alters, but I do know that Katherine was a school teacher and a nanny from England, Elise came from Hungary, Julie from Poland, Sidney was Australian, and Jensen was born African-American. ... The ages and names of my alters were created to fill a need at the time they were created. Most of the alters names came from relatives, television shows, and people I may have known. Holdon was an alter that used the phrase “Hold On” quite often, until one day he just became Holdon. Miles’ name came while traveling many miles to an aunt’s house. (source)

ETA: She also answered to my note to her ♥ "here" and if link is broken, here is my print screen view: http://i.imgur.com/o4C8u.png
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Lana Del Ray - Oh Say Can You See
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[identity profile] penikitty.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
That book sounds amazing, I want to get it on my kindle but its £9 which seems a bit pricey to me.
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[identity profile] cancoydu.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
Yesssss. This was one of the most expensive books I have bought. But tbh, it's already in my "best of" list, and I have no regrets. This one deserves it. <3
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[identity profile] unusual-lullaby.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Hala satın almam gerekenler listesinde bu kitap. Bir gün okuyacağım umuyorum ;)
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[identity profile] cancoydu.livejournal.com on February 11th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
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