I read Amongst Ourselves as a therapist and partner of someone with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). This book presents a very different approach to a little known psychiatric disorder. In contrast to theoretical books, Amongst Ourselves is gentle and positive without minimising the pain survivors suffer. One author, Karen, uses her own experience and allows her other parts to speak about how it was and is for them. Unlike other psychology books which give snapshots of various clients with a condition, Karen provides an in depth case study throughout the book.
For survivors of early, extensive, prolonged and terrifying childhood abuse reading books about it can trigger retraumatisation, especially if they have child parts who are stuck back there and believe it is still happening to them. Alderman and Marshall have compiled a resource with very little overtly triggering material. The only kind of abuse described is ritual and satanic abuse, which is little known and may be useful for sufferers to identify and label what happened to them. While they talk about what is hard living with DID, they repeatedly emphasise the DID is a creative survival strategy, and point out what is uniquely positive about being multiple.
I consider that reading this book will allow people with DID to understand and cope with what happens to them while building or maintaining a sense of pride in their abilities to survive horrific experiences. It is also very useful to inform practitioners, few of whom even know about DID.