The Myth of Sanity by Martha Stout
I have recommended this book since it came out 15 years ago. Martha Stout writes like an author rather than a clinician but her clinical know-how is astounding. I once spoke with Kathy Steele (author of Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach ) about The Myth of Sanity and Kathy said she had seen Martha Stout present at a conference where she answered questions from the audience by moving to each side of the stage to match her right or left brain answers. Not only does Martha tell a good story but she synthesizes neuro-cognitive functioning throughout her writing.
This book lays out clearly, through examples and case studies, the idea of dissociation as a spectrum. All hanging from the idea that survivors of trauma not only choose not to die, not to merely survive, but to live:
"For I have become convinced that these courageous people, in winning their struggles, must learn things about genuine living, and about genuine sanity, that the rest of us have never even imagined." - Martha Stout.
- reviewed by Vicki Fraser
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