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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Switching Time by Richard Baer


Switching Time
A Doctor’s Harrowing Tale of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities
Richard Baer
Non-Fiction, Biography/Autobiography, Psychiatry, Psychology
368 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0307382664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307382665
    Published by Crown (a division of Random House)
  • Imagine pretending to be asleep in order to overhear conversations between your family and friends, so that you can learn your mother’s name, or where your husband works. Karen was continually searching for ways to hide her obvious insanity until a desperate call to a crisis hotline in 1989, led her to Dr. Richard Baer. The complexities of the human mind have never before been revealed with such detail, dimension and compassion. Horrific, unimaginable abuse had forced Karen to create different personalities, with widely varying characteristics and abilities. As new personalities were introduced, the depth of Karen’s suffering became obvious, as did the fear that the darkness would consume her. With careful guidance and unwavering patience, Dr. Baer was able to gain the individual trust of the seventeen alters, convincing each that although they had been created to protect Karen, her very survival now depended upon their complete and total destruction. .This is an amazing read! The level of abuse, the detailed characteristics of the created alters are almost beyond comprehension and leads you to question how it is someone that has suffered so greatly could ever be whole again. Which is, yet another testament to the human will to survive. 

    Switching Time is by far one of the best non-fiction books I have read in years. Just as the alters were created as a means of survival, during the darkest and most frightening experiences imaginable, their destruction became a necessary step in the journey from divided survival to whole living. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a compelling, thought provoking read.

    Happy Reading!


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