Jennifer and Her Selves: Revised Edition

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She was thin and tired, her arms marked by self-inflicted wounds. In his seventh session with Jennifer, Dr. Gerald Schoenewolf, then a young psychoanalyst, made an astounding discovery: this beautiful former ballerina was actually seven separate personalities, ranging from an angry little boy to an austere writer to a sexually provocative young woman. Tracing the birth of each of Jennifer's selves, Dr. Schoenewolf found himself drawn inexorably into a near obsession with her. Dealing directly with each of her personalities, he accompanied Jennifer on a profound journey of awakening and pain. This is a unique session-by-session account of an extraordinary year when a patient and doctor changed each other's lives forever. "An emotional, convincing account." --Publishers Weekly "This was a page-turner, a fascinating case of a disorder many of us will never see in practice. But it isn’t necessary to be a therapist to find Schoenewolf’s narrative an intriguing one.” --Houston Chronicle “We are allowed to see the very human side of the therapist as he struggles with the suspicion, then the knowledge, that he has fallen in love with his patient....Once begun, this book is hard to put down.” --South Bend Press

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Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D. is a licensed psychoanalyst and author of 13 books on psychology and philosophy as well as five novels and a book of poetry and drawings. He has also written over 20 screenplays, two of which won top prizes while two others of which placed in the finals of American and British film festivals. He produced and direct three of his screenplays as feature films. Dr. Schoenewolf works in New York and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Julia.

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In a dramatized version of one of his earliest cases, psychotherapist Schoenewolf reveals the complicated relationship that developed between himself as an inexperienced therapist and ``Jennifer,'' a beautiful young patient with multiple personality disorder. Schoenewolf admits to ``occasional literary enhancements'' and ``a degree of license in order to heighten the impact'' of his account; this may be an understatement. Liberties have definitely been taken with form--Part III of the story is presented as a diary kept by Jennifer and her alter personalities during the final month of her brief therapy with Schoenewolf--and perhaps with substance, as Schoenewolf insists that as Jennifer's different personalities emerge, ``not only is her personality different, but even the shape of her body and face.'' Jennifer, the core personality, is a suicidal and depressive dancer whose other selves are frightened six-year-old Jenny; angry ten-year- old Tom; promiscuous Jess; hostile, competitive Margaret; mature, confident Mildred; and formal, stiff Mary. Schoenewolf quickly learns how each is a response to a specific traumatic event in Jennifer's life, and in an astonishingly short time encourages them to become part of Jennifer's conscious mind as a first step toward integration. He attributes this amazing outcome to his ``unusually intimate working alliance'' with his patient. As Jennifer moves toward health, however, Schoenewolf finds himself out of his depth, spending days fantasizing about her, even imagining marriage to her, yet finding her an unbearable burden. Ultimately, he recognizes that he lacks the skills and objectivity to continue and refers her to another therapist. Good material for a TV soap opera, perhaps, but suffering from too few details of the therapy, rather textbook-like discussions of multiple personality disorder, and flat, unconvincing recollections of emotions. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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