Sally Field is a Fraud

If you’re in your mid-40s or older, you likely remember the extraordinary story of Sybil, a woman who suffered horrific physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother and developed multiple personalities (16 in total) to cope with the torment and pain. The story of her treatment by psychoanalyst Cornelia Wilbur  was told in a best-selling book by journalist Flora Schreiber that was published in 1973. In 1976, Field starred as the title character in a made-for-TV movie.

Wilbur, Schreiber and the real-life “Sybil” (Shirley Mason)  are now all dead. The case had a huge impact on the practice of psychiatry in the ’70s, and led to a veritable epidemic of multiple personality disorder — with the vast majority of cases being diagnosed among women.

According to a new book by Debbie Nathan titled Sybil Exposed, the story was largely a fabrication driven by ambition, hubris, some degree of co-dependancy and drug addiction, and a whole bunch of other factors including the legitimate upheaval women of that time were experiencing as they wrestled with changing thoughts of what it meant to be a woman in the feminist era when old-school expectations of domesticity and propriety clashed with new-school aspirations for independence and freedom.

Here’s a link to the Salon article here. And for fun, here’s a link to a clip from the movie.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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2 thoughts on “Sally Field is a Fraud”

  1. Sally Field just took money for an acting job based on an iffy story – as have hundreds and hundreds of actors before her. The real fakes are described in the article. No wonder there are so many science sceptics, when there are so many science fraudsters.
    One thing in the article that leaped out was the possible contribution of undiagnosed pernicious anemia to the patient’s condition. Knowing what we know now about brain and body chemistry and about mental effects of physical conditions such as diabetes, hormone imbalance, vitamin and mineral insufficiency or toxicity, pregnancy, menopause, etc., screening for a physical cause for mental disruption should be the first order of business.

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