Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan was so much more than I expected! Do you remember Sybil? You know, girl with 16 different personalities? You probably read about her in psychology class or maybe even have seen the Sally Fields movie?
If you haven’t read Sybil, I highly suggest you do so (I reviewed it recently!), and then I suggest you grab Sybil Exposed as a sequel. Just so you know, if you haven’t checked out Sybil yet, you can still read this review because it’s not going to give away Sybil spoilers.
Debbie Nathan dives into research about one of the most famous cases of multiple personality: Sybil. She uncovers facts that show that the nonfictional story of Sybil is a fabrication.
And while this might not seem like it would be interesting to all of you, it was very readable and high interest. Nathan delves into the pasts of the three main characters of Sybil: Sybil herself, Dr. Connie Wilbur the doctor, and Flora Rheta Schreiber the author.
If you’re a nonfiction/psychology buff, then this book should top your reading list.
As a side note, I was reading Goodreads reviews about Sybil Exposed and came across this one from “Sybil’s closest living relative.” She tried to make Debbie Nathan sound like a liar, but Debbie was awesome: she shot back without insulting, and stuck to the facts. Seriously worth checking out the conversation.
Have you read about this famous case of multiple personalities? What do you think?