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Re: Update Lorainne, Elizabeth, et. al. shelliR

Posted by Lorraine on August 16, 2001, at 23:54:46

In reply to Re: Update Lorainne, Elizabeth, et. al., posted by shelliR on August 11, 2001, at 19:42:11


I finished the Magic Daughter while I was away this weekend. I thought it was a great book. It did not overly dramatize the condition and I felt as though I understood how having alters or personalities operates. Mainly it seemed like such a job for her to just get her history down right in chronological order given all the memory gaps that she had. Her explanation of the effect the multiple personality disorder had on her--in terms of friends, relatives and so forth was distressing. Not an easy row to hoe.

I would love to see your website with your work sometime. I am curious about it and I know how important it is to you. My email address is

[re therapist attachment]but that thing that kids do "look at me"; Mommy listen to me.

After reading the book, it seemed that she was just desperate to have someone she could trust listen to her story--the need to tell the story and have it validated was I'm sure an over-powering compulsion. Is this closer to the mark?

> > >I am one of about three or four people who are well known and highly respected for this type of work in the fairly large area that is my client base. In an area of mostly attorneys, government, journalists, research (NIH), consulting, I get to be the one of the best of a few people who are well known with my style. So I guess that is the way that I kind of get to be in the center; although I had no idea that it was going to happen that way. It was a gift that came out of much turmoil in my life.

It's great when these things just happen of their own accord. In your case as the fall-out of a natural creative urge for expression.

> > >I was unable to work. I had planned to become a clinical psychologist, but wasn't together enough (I knew that, but even so got a masters), so this came out of going back to take a couple of art classes at my therapist's insistance at the time that I create some structure in my life. I now have absolutely no desire to be a therapist.

The same therapist you are seeing now? Mine is pushing me to write. I do have one published poem and it is about her:-)

> > > Well maybe I'd feel less shame if I had *chosen* not to have children. Anyway, my therapist and I do work on that shame part, under the category of "shame of my earlier adulthood" ,different from "childhood shame" :-)

"shame of my earlier adulthood", that's unfortunate. Sometimes it seems that there's enough shame in childhood to last a lifetime, don't you think?

> > >Today I got my period for the second time in three weeks, so that's why this has been such a hard time. This is the third day I've felt really sick, although for most of today I was okay, fell asleep and then woke up very sick in my stomach again, but at least without the migraine.

It is so hard to tell what is causing what during these drug trials, isn't it? Are these confounding, compounding or primary variables?

> > > You sound like you have a really good doctor; I can't remember why you were thinking of changing.

B/c I was feeling hopeless and painting with a broad black brush.

Just back today from North Carolina. Tomorrow I'll catch the other posts. Look forward to seeing your site.





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