Books: How Multiple Personalities Can Be Created

Acocella, J., Creating Hysteria: women and multiple personality disorder, 1999.

Brainerd, C.J. & V.F. Reyna, The Science of False Memory, 2005.

Dawes, Robyn M., Everyday Irrationality: How Pseudo-Scientists, Lunatics, and the Rest of Us Systematically Fail to Think Rationally. 2001.

_____ House of Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth. 1996.

Dineen, Tana, Dr., Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is Doing to People. 2000, 3rd. Ed.

Fairlie, Jim, Unbreakable Bonds: ‘they know about you Dad’ (2010) Austin & Macauley Publishers

Goldstein, Eleanor, Farmer, Kevin. True Stories of False Memories. 1993.

Hirstein, William, Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation. 2005.

Lalich, Janja, Take Back Your Life: Recovering from cults & abusive relationships.

Kilby, Jane. Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma. 2007.

Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. 1993.

Lifton, Robert J. , Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China. 1961.

Lilienfeld, Scott O., Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and the late, great skeptic Barry L. Beyerstein. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior

Loftus, Elizabeth, Memory. 2nd Ed. 1980.

__________, Eyewitness Testimony. With a New Preface  by the Author.1996b.

Loftus, Elizabeth & Ketchem, Katherine, Witness for the Defense: The Accused, The Eyewitness and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial. 1992.

____________,  The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse. 1996a.

McHugh, Paul R. M.D., Try to Remember: Psychiatry’s Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind. 2008.

Maran, Meredith, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory. 2010.

Mercer, Jean; Sarner, Larry; and Rosa, Linda,  Attachment Therapy on Trial: The Torture and Death of Candace Newmaker. 2003.

Nathan, Debbie & Snedeker, Michael, Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt. 2001.

Nathan, Debbie. Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case. 2012

Ofshe, Richard, Watters, Ethan, Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, and Sexual Hysteria. 1996.

Pendergrast, Mark, Victims of Memory: Incest Accusations and Shattered Lives. 1995.

Piper, August Jr., M.D.. Hoax and Reality: The Bizarre World of Multiple Personality Disorder. 1998.

Schacter, Daniel L., Ed., The Cognitive Neuropsychology of False Memories. 1999.

Schnider, Armin. The Confabulating Mind: How the Brain Creates Reality. 2008.

Tavris, Carol & Aronson, Elliot. Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts. 2007.

Wassil-Grimm, Claudette, Diagnosis for Disaster: The Devastating Truth About False Memory. 1996.

Watters, Ethan & Ofshe, Richard. Therapy’s Delusions: The myth of the unconscious and the exploitation of today’s walking worried. 1999.

Whittier, Nancy. The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements, and the State. 2009.


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  1. Actually, Hassan has been quite open over the years about his ffinity of “cults on the rise,” so any diagnosis that supports this theory is one he endorses. He adamantly supports dissociative disroders and all three of his books, including the latest one, support an idea that there is a cult self and a true self. He purports that people split off during traumatic events.


    • Hi Cathleen, thank you for stopping by.

      Do you have ideas why Hassan is a proponent of dissociative disorders? I agree that they are valid except for multiple personalities/dissociative identity disorder – obviously.


      • Well, you’d have to ask him that, but my experience with him is that he does not stay current on research and that he will embrace anything that is expedient to his “business.” He
        has supported “family parts” theory/mythology for a long time, even though I doubt he takes he takes the time to understand the issues. My only point is that endorsing him as a scholar or a thinker on these issues related to recovered memories and/or false memories may be misguided and based on the persona he keeps for a lot of reasons. Hope that helps.


        • Thank you, Cathleen. I listed him because of his involvement with cult behavior, but if he’s going to use parts therapy to treat people, he doesn’t belong on my blog. Appreciate you bringing that to my attention. Best


  2. Here is his Psychology Today ad where he lists Internal Family Systems:,LMHC,NCC_Newton_Massachusetts_108149

    His book recommendation for Stranger in the Mirror was posted to his now defunct Freedom of Mind list serv after he heard the author present at an APA conference and wrote that he was very impressed with her work. He also defended Cory Hammond on his list serv and sees Colin Ross as a highly respected trauma expert, according to a conversation I had with him and he considers Alan Scheflin (one of the defense experts in the Judith Peterson case) one of his mentors (a statement made on the video of his ICSA presentation last summer).

    Whatever was helpful in Combatting Cult Mind Control, fortunately, is not unique to Steve Hassan. I recommend reading Margaret Singer’s books, Cults in our Midst and Crazy Therapies. Singer was a true outspoken critic of bogus therapies included recovery memory therapies.


    • Thank you again, Monica. I’ll read the article. Those books are on my book list on this blog.

      Marlene Steinberg, Stranger in the Mirror, is in my opinion a how-to if one desires to become multiple. It’s appalling.


  3. Just FYI, Steve Hassan doesn’t debunk multiple personalities. He promotes and practices Internal Family Systems and in a discussion I had with him on his list serv, he defended the validity of the diagnosis of DID, highly recommending the book by DID proponent Marlene Steinberg, Stranger in the Mirror. He is someone I would avoid at all costs, especially anyone who has had bad therapy involving a DID diagnosis. Just look at who he hangs out with and considers mentors, according to statements he made at the most recent ICSA conference.


    • Yikes, Monica your view is most appreciated. I met Steve at the first False Memory Syndrome Foundation meeting back in 1993. I didn’t know he had drifted so far in the other direction.

      If you have links I could read about his current positions I’d appreciate them.

      Again, Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, Best. JB



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