Sybil in her Own Words by Patrick Sucari, Ph.D.
Huffington Post, Posted: 12/15/11
… I recently published Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings. It is a follow-up to the case of a woman who had 16 personalities, then called Multiple Personality Disorder. Flora Schreiber wrote this story titled Sybil. The therapist, Dr. Cornelia Wilbur used unorthodox, but not unethical, treatment for ten years, such as, psychoanalysis, hypnosis and Sodium Pentothal which resulted in the complete integration of the 16 personalities.
While researching my book, Shirley’s cousin Naomi Rhode, found an audio cassette made by Shirley and Dr. Wilbur on February 18, 1977.They were discussion publishing a book about Sybil’s paintings.
My dream was to meet Sybil and evaluate her dramatic cure. Was it possible and lasting?
With trepidation I telephoned her in 1993 knowing she had never given interviews. Fortunately, we became friends. When I discovered her interesting life after her cure, I planned this book.
Shirley gave me information, journals, art work, anything I wanted to make my book an accurate picture of her life. She wanted people to know the benefits of therapy and that she was cured and lived a productive life forming her company Mason Arts, Inc. to sell her paintings and finding a loving relationship with Dr.Wilbur.
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