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The Dissociative Mind


Drawing on the pioneering work of Janet, Freud, Sullivan, and Fairbairn and making extensive use of recent literature, Elizabeth Howell develops a ... Show synopsis

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Robert Clark K

A brilliant & insightful book title

by Robert Clark K on Jan 9, 2014

Since it is now accepted practice to summarize an entire healing art based on one book's title, I thought that I'd give it a try. This title makes it plain that there is one mind that we all have to share, thus it is "dissociative". Now I understand why there are moments when "our" minds seem to have taken a holiday! It's not being lazy; it's being used by someone else! Thank you, Dr. Howell, for resolving so many of life's questions with your book title. You are obviously a brilliant, compassionate person and I can tell that you mix a killer Old Fashioned. Thanks also to memyselfandi for introducing me to this speedy and thrifty way to comprehend complexities: just grab the first word you see and riff on your existing prejudices until you feel the need for a nap!


Dissociated from the people seeking help

by memyselfandi on Aug 6, 2008

The title, basically, captures the tone of this book: physically and emotionally removed from real people in distress. I recommend this book in order to highlight my points of how psychiatry is far more comfortable being removed from [dissociated], rather than related to, the humans seeking help. The book relates to readers who are far more comfortable seeing "patients" as objects to be observed rather than as real people who live lives far more akin to that of the "experts" on MPD/DID ever want to admit. This title alone describes a deep Freudian interpretation [slip!] about the the need for those who proclaim themselves "experts" on a diagnosis (diagnosis being nothing more than a fallible human theory) to be ever so omniscient over the consumers who seek their services. Is it that threatening to have "patients" be as human as the therapist? Why is there such a drive on the part of psychiatry to separate and dissociate "patients" from themselves -- to objectify, separate and remove patients to the point of being a "Abnormal, isolated body parts" = "The Dissociative Mind"? Would Armageddon begin if psychiatry would finally, some day, realize we are really all the same? I think not. Re-humanizing the mental health field would be the biggest accomplishment since cavemen discovered the ability to create fire. We eagerly await the day for such a book to be written.

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