The syndrome known as multiple personality has been widely studied in North America, but the prevalence of this syndrome in Puerto Rico was never reported. This book provides an excellent overview of the current literature on the phenomenology, physiology, theory, and treatment of multiple personality (now called disassociative identity disorder) as well as detailed presentations of three Puerto Rican cases. The book includes prefaces by Dr Richard P Kluft, founder of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Trauma, and by Dr Carol Romey, who at the time of publication was the President of the Puerto Rican Association of Psychologists. Also included in the book is an extensive bibliography and detailed index. A chapter by Dr Carlos S Alvarado on the history of the disorder is also included.
Table of Contents
Introduction; What is Multiple Personality?; The Reappearance of Multiple Personality as a Legitimate Diagnosis; The Divided Mind; Cases of Multiple and Double Personality in the Nineteenth Century; Psychophysiological Findings; Iatrogenesis?; Violence, Law and Multiple Personality; Is Multiple Personality a Neurological Disorder?; The Case of Migdalia; The Case of Diana; The Case of Olga; Reflections on Migdalia, Diana and Olga; Towards a Psychosocial Explanation for Multiple Personality; Therapies and Their Effectiveness; Final Thoughts; Index.
Dr. Alfonso Martinez-Taboas was a graduate student when he wrote this book and the foremost authority on multiple personality disorder in Latin America. Since then he has distinguished himself in more than 100 publications in English and Spanish on this syndrome and various others including panic disorder. A full professor of clinical psychology at Carlos Albizu University, he is currently the President of the Puerto Rican Association for Psychologists.