When Rabbit Howls: A First-Person Account of Multiple Personality, Memory, and Recovery

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When Truddi Chase began therapy she was already building a successful career, a marriage, and a family. But what she was seeking most were explanations for her extreme anxiety, mood swings, and periodic blackouts. What finally emerged from the four-year sessions was terrifying: Truddi Chase’s mind and body were inhabited by the Troops ninety-two individual voices that had rescued her from a shattering childhood of violent, ritualized sexual abuse by her stepfather that began when she was only two. For years the Troops created a world where she could hide from the pain, and be shielded from the truth. It was a world Truddi Chase didn’t even know existed, until she and her therapist took a journey to where the nightmare began.

Challenging every preconceived notion of the human mind, When Rabbit Howls is made all the more remarkable in that it was written by the Troops themselves Truddi Chase’s story is told by the very alter-egos who stayed with her, watched over her, and protected her. What they reveal is a spellbinding descent into a personal hell and an ultimate, triumphant deliverance for the woman they became.

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“A fascinating book...unusual and very emotionally touching.” Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, the psychiatrist who treated Sybil

“Perhaps the most extraordinary victim of multiple personalities on record. A nightmarish story the reader cannot easily forget.” The Chicago Tribune

“Horrifying, compelling...a shocking tale...extremely disturbing.” Psychology Today

“An extraordinary story. [When Rabbit Howls] is the reconstruction, through therapy, of the lost life of a woman so...abused by her stepfather that her only defense down the years was to shatter into the Troops...no fewer than 92 different and autonomous personalities.” The Guardian (London)

“Remarkable...alarmingly real and courageous.” Toronto Sun

“Fascinating, provocative reading.” Library Journal

“The first book authored by a multiple personality...When Rabbit Howls is a document that breaks the silence...a searing indictment of the crime of child sexual abuse...a truly moving and thought-provoking work...an uplifting, inspiring story of a survivor.” Sojourner: The Women’s Forum

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Phillips, a Washington, D.C., therapist, explains that "The Troops" are the multiple personalitiesapproximately 80 men and womenof the pseudonymous Truddi Chase, who first consulted him in 1980. He further maintains that the patient, a successful businesswoman now in her 50s, has been "asleep" since she was raped at the age of two by her stepfather, who continued to sexually abuse her for 14 years. The cluster of personalities, speaking through a troop member dubbed the "Recorder," talk about their suffering for the primary victim who, it is also revealed, was mistreated by her mother as well. There are sensational episodes described by beings identified as social Alvira, hard Nails, alert Gatekeeper and others. Although the novelistic overtones in the text strain credibility, the book nonetheless proves to be a convincing, affecting case study. Author Tour.
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