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The Myth of Sanity - Terra and Judy

Posted by Dinah on June 15, 2002, at 12:23:17

I hope you don't mind that I read your threads on dissociation with great interest. While I don't have DID (I don't lose time, I retain my observing ego), I do have something and I never understood what.

All the literature I read was on DID, and since that never fit me, I was left with the fear that I was a psychological hypochondriac and that what I experienced was not real.

Then I found the book, "The Myth of Sanity" by Martha Stout. For the first time in my life, I read of people who had experiences like mine. The first half of the book discusses "dissociated ego states" and I nearly cried with relief as I read that what I experienced wasn't so unusual. She does such a wonderful job of making dissociated states seem, well, normal, I suppose. That may not be the right word, but she does accept them very calmly.

I found myself getting very groggy in places while reading the book, so I am planning to re-read it with an eye to seeing what might be triggering for me.

Do either of you know of any books or other resources for people who are on the dissociative spectrum, without having DID, and without having repressed memories or major trauma in their past (ongoing stress, no abuse)?

And Terra, she seems to feel that integration is the answer to dissociation. You seem to know a lot about dissociation. Is integration the only answer? I have no desire for integration.




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