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The Best-Selling 'True Story' Of Sybil Was A Bunch Of Lies

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The Best-Selling 'True Story' Of <em>Sybil</em> Was A Bunch Of Lies

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Best-selling book "True Story" Of Sybilis about a girl with 16 separate personalities that developed as a result of horrendous childhood abuses. The book sold seven million copies, was made it two feature films, and even spawned a recognised syndrome, "multiple personality disorder."

According to a new book Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case, there's proof that it was all a heaping pile of bull!

According to the author, Debbie Nathan, the memoir was cooked up by three individuals hungry for fame and fortune: Shirley Mason, her therapist Cornelia Wilbur and journalist Flora Schreiber.

Apparently Mason's therapist told her patient that if she told people she had sixteen different personalities — one that's a baby and two that are boys — she would pay for med school! Honor for higher education? Sounds like a perfect trade!

Nathan says she discovered a letter written by Mason that explains it all. She wrote:

"I am all of them. I have essentially been lying… as trying to show you I felt I needed help."

Speeking on the success of the book Mason added:

"Quite thrilling. Got me a lot of attention."

Nathan's book claims that Schreiber and Wilbur together drew the astonishing tales, out of willing collaborator Mason.

This discovery has sparked a debate not just over the legitimacy of Sybil but of multiple personality disorder itself! Some say that if the first record of the disorder is fake, it's possible all cases have been exaggerated.

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16 comments to “The Best-Selling 'True Story' Of Sybil Was A Bunch Of Lies”



  1. 1

    I remember in the 70's that was a name AND topic you could not get away from hearing on a weekly basis.



  2. 2

    By saying "The Best-Selling 'True Story' Of Sybil Was A Bunch Of Lies" because some writer claims to have very flimsy proof at best, it is the same as the doctor saying Sybil had multiple personalities.



  3. 3

    SHUT THE FUCK UP PEREZ. Check your facts before you print them… And stop talking about medical disorders and their history before you research them.



  4. 4

    Maybe all 16 personalities got together to pull off the scam?
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    Criminal conspiracy. RICO, baby!



  5. 5

    Sounds like Global Warming ?????



  6. 6

    So in other words she was just bat shite crazy. Oh, whatever!



  7. 7

    The DSM-IV-TR, the American Psychiatric Association's approved manual for the diagnosis of psychological disorders, does not recognize "multiple personality disorder." And I highly doubt the APA would take to diagnosing and treating patients based on a novel, fiction or otherwise. Please get your facts straight before commenting on mental/behavioral health issues that affect many people and carry the heavy burden of stigma and shame.



  8. 8

    Re: jennonthewire
    They do, it's called Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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    Many people doubted this.



  10. 10

    What about Truddi Chase and "When Rabbit Howls"?



  11. 11

    Perhaps the original storyline was based on discussions with a shrink and a little overdone a la Hollywood writing style. The amazing part is when such tales and phenom hit the mainstream then people/patients "symptoms/pathologies" become universally like the movie character as opposed to individual spins on mental illness.



  12. 12

    They know the masses are catching on to their mind controlled slave alters that are created through childhood trauma.



  13. 13

    speaking. learn to spell. and it's called DID not MPD now.



  14. 14

    This book is a very one sided interpretation of the Sybil case. Wilbur and Mason are no longer alive to defend themselves. Wilbur did incredible work helping Sybil. The reality is that Mason's personalities integrated.

    Mason may have denied her diagnosis at times during treatment, this occurs in many mental health diagnoses.

    The reality is that Mason and Wilbur were offered money, television appearances and media interviews. They never accepted any of these offers and they preserved Shirley's anonymity.

    If you read the book "Sybil" you will realize that Wilbur did NOT encourage Mason to take on different personas, but Mason brought this material into treatment by herself.

    Several colleagues of Wilbur have verified the diagnosis that Mason had before Mason died.

    The real point is that up until the day she died, Mason stated that every word in the book is true. MPD, now called DID, is a legitimate diagnosis, scientifically proven with many sufferers.



  15. 15

    This story is BS. My niece knew her aunt and had conversations that were not about publicity. Sybil was batshit.



  16. 16

    Re: jennonthewire – you should get your own facts straight before pointing out flaws in others, i'm a psych major and in my abnormal psychology course my professor stated that they don't identify it as multiple personality disorder…it's classified in the DSM as dissociative identity disorder