Hysteria in four acts

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Abstract

"Sybil" is a story of a young woman who has developed sixteen "personalities" that was written by both journalist Flora Rhea Schreiber and psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur. In each of its distinct alternative personalities, the woman have different behaviors with sometimes being an aggressive male, a defenseless child and an intellectual woman. These several personalities was a result of having a memory of sexual abuse she had suffered from her mother during childhood. However, Herbert Spiegel, who is a fellow psychiatrist of Wilbur, has a different opinion than that of Wilbur. Spiegel considered Sybil as a wonderful hysterical patient with role confusion which is called as hysteria. Generally, the term hysteria is used to describe a state of being overly emotional, wildly dramatic or out of control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalCommentary
Volume126
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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