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Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder [Paperback]

Valerie Sinason
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26 Nov 2010 0415491819 978-0415491815 2

This Revised Edition of Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity investigates the subject of Dissociative Identity Disorder. With brand new chapters on police work and attachment theory it has been fully updated to include new research and the latest understanding of patterns of attachment theory that lead to dissociation.

With contributions from psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and service users this book covers the background history and a description of the condition along with the issues of diagnoses and treatment. It also looks at:

  • the phenomenon of DID
  • the conflicting models of the human mind that have been found to try and understand DID
  • the political conflict over the subject including problems for the police
  • clinical accounts and personal writing of people with DID.

Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity, Second Edition will prove essential reading for therapists and mental health workers as well as being a valuable resource for graduates and researchers.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (26 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415491819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415491815
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This new edition of Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity captures the state of the art in Great Britain. It is a most welcome addition to the dissociative disorders field". - Colin A. Ross, M.D., President, The Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma, Richardson, Texas, USA.

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3.0 out of 5 stars More disjointed than my mind 30 Dec 2011
Firstly, I would say, the book says that it is good reading for therapists and professionals working with DID. I am not a professional; I have DID however I thought that since I am well educated and of reasonable intelligence, I would be able to understand the content. I was wrong! It doesn't matter how intelligent you are, if you havent studied psychology, there is a lot of material in the book that WILL NOT make any sense to you at all. It uses a lot of jargon and technical terms that no amount of brains will help you understand if you haven't already got the knowledge of psychological terms (and I don't mean a BASIC knowledge either). That is not however the fault of the authors as they don't advertise themselves as being a useful book for people with DID. I'm just putting that in as a warning. If you think you can handle it and don't know A LOT about psychology then you should probably add a psychology manual to your shopping basket as well. But in my opinion, if you have DID or want to know more about it and aren't a professional in the field, you should just buy a different book.

I did like the fact that the book seems to be evidence based. I have read other books on DID that were easier reading and really informative but had cited no evidence to back them up. I think a book that could have the writing style of other more manageable books but the evidence that this book quotes would be more useful to the inquisitive DID sufferer.

Now, despite not having a clue about some of the content, I did read the whole book (most pages four or five times over... very slowly) and was able to glean some useful information from it. Having said that I found that there was a variation in the readability between chapters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat weird 20 Feb 2012
By John Rowan VINE VOICE
This is a book about the psychiatric condition known as Dissociative Identity Disorder. It is up to date and contains numerous first-person accounts of what this is like, as well as a full roster of experts to tell us what it all meant. But there is no discussion at all of the idea that we are all multiple, and that multiplicity is normal.
It is an extraordinarily varied book. The first chapter, by Phil Mollon, is all about Freud and the early days of psychoanalysis. It does not seem to me a particularly useful way of starting.
The next chapter, by Moskowitz, Corstens & Kent, is much better. It is entitled `What can auditory hallucinations tell us about the dissociative nature of personality?' It actually mentions the work of the Stones in Voice Dialogue, which indicates a degree of openness to non-psychoanalytic ideas not much found elsewhere in this book.
Then we get a highly coloured chapter by Sinason herself on `The verbal language of trauma and dissociation' which shows off her twin fascination with the extreme, and with wordplay. Luckily we have now lost her earlier fascination with ritual Satanic abuse, which was so remarkable a few years ago.
Chapter 4 is by Mary Sue Moore, all about children's art, which has some quite interesting material. But she, like all of the authors in this book, comes from a psychoanalytic background, and there is no awareness of any of the many other theories of multiplicity within the person, such as the dialogical self theory of Hubert Hermans, which is causing such a stir at the moment. This is also true of the next chapter, by John Morton, which presents a very restricted and oversimplified view of the dissociative brain.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spreading a harmful myth 30 Jan 2014
This book consists of chapters written by a variety of therapists, who have several different slants on on the strange condition called Dissociative Identity Disorder.One thing they all have in common is an questioning belief that this condition results from severe childhood trauma. They disregard the widespread scepticism that surrounds thie concept of multiplicity and dissociation, which to many people is a consequence of intensive psychotherapy rather than anything that happened in the client's childhood. These authors also appear unconcerned at the known damaging effects of this therapy, which alienates its clients from their families,leaves them with many horrific memories which are demonstratively false. No reliable outcome studies have been undertaken for the various types of therapy described in this book, and no benefits have been established to outweigh its heavy cost. There is no science in this book, just a jumble of untested and misleading theories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and informative read 5 Feb 2011
By Galatea
I liked the way the book demonstrates DID from different multidisciplinary perspectives. It has helped me to clarify and understand clients problems as they present in my therapeutic work. This book is recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trauma related to attachment and multiples 7 Sep 2012
By Robin - Published on
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I felt this book has alot of depth to it in certain specific chapters. The discussion of the RA family was very helpful in how the family unit is constructed and functioned. Since I don't know much about my past family and how they think I have to get it from other resources. So this book confirmed some things I already knew but says it in a more concise way. The Dissociation chapter has alot of discussion issues but haven't read that portion yet. I like the charts that are laid out in the book. Snow White and the Seven diagnoses and how the 7 diagnoses labeled with the Disney characters helped. Chapter 11 on attachment issues relating to one poem takes some time to grasp the author's analogy of dissociation it takes time to understand the author's train of thought. The shoemaker and the elves may have its good concepts but haven't read the whole chapter yet. The best chapter in the book is the one entitled As Thick as Thieves or the RA family the author did a good job in describing that concept very well and she made her points very clear.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid information about DID 20 Dec 2012
By Stephan O. - Published on
I have the older version as well as this new updated text. This newer version includes up to date information on how a lack of attachment leads to dissociation as well as new chapters on police work. This is also a good book to learn the basics of DID, including the various models of current thought. Expect information regarding both diagnosis and treatment, along with personal insight from Sinason.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Trauma Therapists 21 Jun 2013
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If you work with people who have experienced trauma, especially those with Complex PTSD (generally the result of severe childhood physical and/or emotional neglect, sexual abuse, or physical/emotional abuse), this book offers a variety of useful perspectives on how attachment issues and trauma impact dissociative responses to trauma.

With the new DSM-5 finally offering a "Dissociative Subtype" for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it will be more important than ever to have a solid understanding of how attachment (insecure varieties: avoidant, ambivalent/resistant, disorganized) plays into the dissociative response to traumatic experience.

The variety of authors who contributed to this volume provide many different perspectives by which he can understand the concepts of dissociation and multiplicity (diagnosed as Dissociative Identity Disorder [DID], and former named Multiple Personality Disorder [MPD]). Highlights include chapters by Peter Fonagy, Leslie Swartz, John Southgate, and Phil Mollon.

The only drawback to the book, in my (biased) opinion is the absence of a chapter by Colin Ross (the expert on dissociation and multiplicity) and Richard Schwartz (founder of Internal Family Systems Therapy, one of the most effective models for working clients experiencing multiplicity).
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 19 Feb 2014
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I have read this book and returned to it many times as a reference. The connection of attachment and trauma is essential to the etiology of DID. Sinason has another book out too - Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity that is outstanding.
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