So, before I get into the meat of this post, you should probably know that I actually do know that W comes BEFORE X. I’m not really sure how or why I posted X yesterday. My only excuse is that I’m on a trip visiting family, and I was distracted.
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program. 🙂
I first read When Rabbit Howls when I was a teenager. I was extremely interested in dissociative identity disorder ever since I’d watched the movie Sybil (and later read the book).
When Rabbit Howls is an autobiography about Truddi Chase, telling the story of how she discovered she had survived a traumatic childhood and split into 92 personalities to handle it.
This book wasn’t the first I’d read on child abuse or mental health, but it stuck with me more than any of the others. Maybe because it was written from the point of view of the personalities. It was intensely personal, and made me want to learn more.
This story made me realize that all of us have more than one truth. I was already starting to believe that truth was somewhat subjective, and this book pushed me further along that path. It got me interested in all the amazing things the brain can do, including creating 92 people to protect one person.
If you’re looking for a riveting autobiography, I’d recommend this one. But be warned; the author was abused as a child and she discusses it. Because of that, it’s not a book for everyone.
What’s your favorite book about mental health?
“I cherished her individuality, that spark of independence no child should lose to life’s restrictions and parameters.”
― Truddi Chase