By Jerry Donaldson, Catherine Jean Johnson
A home Divided is an inspirational, thought-provoking booklet approximately “multiple character disorder” co-authored via an abuse survivor and her counselor, and is a needs to learn for therapists, counseling division educators, survivors of physical/sexual abuse and their relations or friends.
If you’re skeptical concerning the lifestyles of dissociative identification ailment or ask yourself how somebody may be able to create one hundred fifty personalities not to mention combine them, this ebook will problem your assumptions. An awe-inspiring account of ways Catherine Jean turns into complete after researching the unspeakable sexual and actual abuse she persevered as a child.
Despite the terrible nature of the abuse, readers will locate mental truths and insights acceptable to their very own own progress.
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Anthony goes on to say: Quick changes, for which they have little preparation, make them freeze with fear. Thus, when one small muscle in the back is strained, the surrounding cells freeze, as if in fear they might be hurt next. Often during our adult lives we simply repress them, living in our bodies as strangers. We may do any variety of things which stress them to their limits, such as going too many hours without sleep, failing to eat nutritious food, overworking, or drinking too much. (1988: 304, my italics) Though this may not directly explain the correlation between childhood experience and disease much further down the line, we are faced nonetheless with an uncanny echo where specific parts of the body reflect the site of a psychological trauma, exemplified in the humiliated female patient with a cancerous tongue and lip and the fearful, legless man who had never felt empowered enough to risk autonomy.
People are complicated and their personal histories and emotional patterns are highly individual and complex. Yet Freud’s colleague, Georg Groddeck, who published a series of cases in the 1920s in his classic The Meaning of Illness (still widely quoted; 1977) mentions the case of a woman with generalized oedema resulting from congestive heart failure. The swollen tissues subsided immediately the woman had confessed to Dr Groddeck her guilt about marrying after she had made a vow to become a nun.
But in the next session, it might be that she tells me she went home and started kicking doors down – and then we have the start of a trusting relationship’ (personal communication). Some patients expect alternative medicine to help them gain insight into what is wrong with their lives, already half guessing that the presenting physical complaint may only be the acceptable tip of an otherwise frightening and incomprehensible iceberg of difficulties. ’ As Capra (1988: 201) notes on the work of oncologist Carl Simonton, we can be of great value merely by learning to listen, by assuring our patients that negative feelings of anger, anxiety or depression are very natural ones, appropriate to the situation in which they find themselves, and not something to be hidden or suppressed out of shame.