Sybil: A Brilliant Hysteric? | Retro Report | The New York Times

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  • In the 1970s, the TV movie “Sybil” introduced much of the nation to multiple personality disorder and led to a controversy that continues to shape mental health issues.
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  • James Davenport
    James Davenport 2 дні тому

    The media was the hysteric.

  • Pete Watts
    Pete Watts 4 дні тому

    I've read Sybil, and in it Schreiber reports that Mason said "Every feeling in the book is true" - by implication,that suggests there are things in it that aren't.

  • D J
    D J 7 днів тому

    I do not believe in this disorder and these Drs make something up make it into something it's not just got recognition!! They have the patient and their families believing junk like this!! God gave everyone their own persnality and if you have any extras might want to be prayed for!!

  • Steve Monoyoudis
    Steve Monoyoudis 14 днів тому

    Simply put, in true cases...these are demonic possessions. All of this is given by example in The Holy Bible. This is why we need cleansed by the blood of, Jesus, to begin to rid us of all evil.
    Repentance, is the only way, Jesus, can come into our hearts and lives, leading us back into our right minds...separating us from evil and serving evil.
    Very serious situation is Salvation. Without it...our eternity will be spent without God, and not With God.
    Very concerned we must be.

  • Micky Martin
    Micky Martin 19 днів тому

    If a person is not dangerous to themself and or others, what is not broke you can not fix. Hello, leave well enough alone. If you look at everyone, we all can be diagnosed as having something, but if we don't hurt others, what does it matter then if you are different, as others would put it. Live and let live.

  • platinumblondie
    platinumblondie 19 днів тому

    That was such a good but sad movie!!

  • Christine Fougere
    Christine Fougere 19 днів тому

    Debbie Nathan is lying. I have the book Sybil right here and I have checked her statements against the book and they differ. Nathan has written a book claiming Wilbur and Mason are lying and faking the MPD but here she is lying too.

  • Happy Raccoon
    Happy Raccoon 20 днів тому

    This nonsense still occurs in many different forms. So keeps eyes open.

  • Susan Fudge
    Susan Fudge 20 днів тому

    I remember the Three Faces of Eve first.

  • Carmen#5
    Carmen#5 23 дні тому

    YIKES ..the woman in the bed at 6:56 acted like she was possessed .

  • Carolyn Dennis
    Carolyn Dennis 24 дні тому


  • Toolmaker
    Toolmaker 24 дні тому

    Maybe this is demonic possession of some type.

  • 21flores lizviolet
    21flores lizviolet 26 днів тому

    *_BoBoiBoy has left the group_*

  • TexasGirl 1
    TexasGirl 1 27 днів тому

    Wait. The authors of the book told her they wouldn’t publish it until the personalities were integrated then only 3 years they were? What a coincidence!

  • kevin rios jara
    kevin rios jara 29 днів тому

    Alguien sabe si puedo encontrar este video en sub español gracias de veras

  • RedLikeWine
    RedLikeWine 29 днів тому

    Heartbreaking. Shirley Mason suffered terribly. I hope she was not exploited by Dr. Wilbur ....but I just don't know. It was disgraceful for people like Jerry Springer to exploit people who were suffering. They made them out to be circus freaks. Shame on them. And these so-called doctors/therapists hypnotizing people makes me sick. Irresponsible medicine. It is an honor when a person comes to you for help and trusts you with their most intimate thoughts and experiences. They are vulnerable human beings that should be treated with the utmost dignity and care.

  • Ms. Donelle Webb
    Ms. Donelle Webb Місяць тому

    It was frowned upon.

  • Linda Taghon
    Linda Taghon Місяць тому +1

    I have and have watched this movie MANY TIMES!!! ...Felt so very bad about her!

  • Glenn Weeks
    Glenn Weeks Місяць тому

    Both of these ladies are mentally ill themselves.

  • Sharry Beaver
    Sharry Beaver Місяць тому

    Read the book, Sybil Exposed, it's an excellent read!

    • Sharry Beaver
      Sharry Beaver Місяць тому

      @Snow Flake The story of Sybil is a lie!

    • Snow Flake
      Snow Flake Місяць тому

      Sharry Beaver schizophrenia was termed by a Dr working with DID patients, schizophrenia is not a ‘split personality’,
      the name muddled up the misunderstanding of DID, split personalities have always existed, it’s a denial & defence mechanism ie NPD - Sybil is Hollywood it’s a film but it served a clarity.

  • One two
    One two Місяць тому

    Every person I've met who was diagnosed with mpd were alike in one respect. They loved to talk about it with everybody.

    • Snow Flake
      Snow Flake Місяць тому +1

      I’ve encountered it once & this person kept it a secret, those talking about it probably not authentic

    • Asha
      Asha Місяць тому +1

      How many such people have you met? I think psychological disorders become in fashion. Many people seem to say they have something as an excuse to feel special or as an excuse to behave childishly. When you do see cases of people who actually do have the disorders it's very sad and you wonder why anyone would want to pretend to be that to be cool. Like a teen I saw today who was brought into the doc office and was carrying a babydoll and told the doc she was there to have it examined but ofcourse her caregiver was with her and it was really the teen that was there for the office visit.

  • AlohaLivin
    AlohaLivin Місяць тому

    The leading is so clear. The same kind of problem led us to decades of hysteria over child care child abuse. There is the occasional health care professional that has their own agenda or have been very poorly trained and this is where that an lead. Still today I have people ask me about “repressed memories” - it is almost 100% likely that if you had something happen at age 4-5 years or older you remember it. These few professionals have done such harm. If this exists, it is extremely rare. Note that there are Disassociative disorders that have nothing to do with multiple personality disorders. But we are too good at looking at fax, we like wow theories - like the people that believe that immunizations called autism. Pure BS but that seems to have changed nothing.

    • Asha
      Asha Місяць тому

      I'm not saying that they do but with all of the blunders of the medical industry and the fact that things now get passed without being studied for long enough it seems possible even likely that there could be many more such "blunders" Vioxx was linked to as many as 60k deaths before they pulled it off the market. Then you have all these ads for lawyers on TV because some drug or another turned out to be deadly of cause birth defects.

  • Moor-ena El
    Moor-ena El Місяць тому


  • finnibert lunchiken
    finnibert lunchiken Місяць тому

    I have 1,576 distinct personalities. Some of them last only a few seconds. Most of them arent very chatty. In fact most people cant tell when theyre happening to me and neither can I but Im pretty sure it does, I can just feel it.

  • Megan Dunn
    Megan Dunn Місяць тому +1

    Wow drugged patients with LSD, pressed and suggested things that probably didn't happen. I call BS and abuse of power and abuse of patients.

  • I. Wynn Wynn
    I. Wynn Wynn Місяць тому

    Women are always wrongful accused to be hysterical by physco males!

  • I. Wynn Wynn
    I. Wynn Wynn Місяць тому

    Shrinks and therapists are quacks and meds and therapy barely and rarely works!

    • TexasGirl 1
      TexasGirl 1 27 днів тому

      I. Wynn Wynn Sorry. Not true!

  • I. Wynn Wynn
    I. Wynn Wynn Місяць тому

    Sybil deserved to be real And movie and not a TV movie!

  • debradeesimmons
    debradeesimmons Місяць тому

    I remember seeing this movie.

  • Lavender And Honey
    Lavender And Honey Місяць тому +2

    Its obvious if you pay attention that the MPD's are just victims of MK ULTRA mind control procedures. they had to come up with something to hide it, didnt they? wake up america.

  • Stańczykówna Twardowska
    Stańczykówna Twardowska Місяць тому

    Im interested about Dr Willbour and Billy Milligan, I read in book that she confirmed his other personalities, and until this day I dont know for sure if he really had DID, does anyone know something about this case?

  • Doreen Mitchell
    Doreen Mitchell Місяць тому +1

    I had disassociated disorder. Through years of therapy and looking through my life as a whole I was able to put the pieces back to a fragmented puzzle. Myself.

  • Tamara Figge
    Tamara Figge Місяць тому +3

    I suffered from long term abuse and as a result I was a poor student in school because I was always daydreaming and it was difficult for me to focus. I still have problems because when I’m doing something I can completely zone out and not remember things. I know most people can do this but mine really interferes with my life. It’s like driving somewhere, your brain takes you but you don’t know why you ended there with no memory of getting there. No, I do not have Alzheimer’s. I’ve been in therapy for years.

    • Asha
      Asha Місяць тому +1

      @Briley as in Riley with a 'B' I dont know any Catholics but if I ever meet one I'm going delicately as I can ask what the fudge is going on that they hear all these stories of abuse all these decades and still support that church. I'm not religious and I'm not biased. I've just heard so many terrible stories about abuse in the Catholic church.

    • Briley as in Riley with a 'B'
      Briley as in Riley with a 'B' Місяць тому +2

      You just described me to a Tee...I believe I have ADHD but have yet to see a Doctor as most cant be trusted. Both my parents were abusive alcoholics and I was severely abused in Catholic School, so I can definitely relate to what you're going through, you're not alone...stand strong, it aint easy as you know,

  • JoAnne Kaczan
    JoAnne Kaczan Місяць тому +1

    It's all about money......shame on you!

  • Mr H9736
    Mr H9736 2 місяці тому

    We're not different when we're at at party compared to when we're at work. What's required of us in those environments is what's different.

  • Greg Jurek
    Greg Jurek 2 місяці тому

    Shirley Mason Looks like a DiD Patient with those glasses. She reminds me of a girl I know who has DID, and her name is Cindy

  • N Y
    N Y 2 місяці тому +1

    Doctor can share the tapes if the patient allows don’t blame the doc

  • sorryst illtrying
    sorryst illtrying 2 місяці тому

    Why are the united states so prone to hysteria?

  • Mr. Chase
    Mr. Chase 2 місяці тому +1

    I dated a woman with this disorder back in the late sixties. Didn’t meet the the other personality until three months into the relationship. I can just tell you that other personality was aware of the host but the host was not aware of the other personality.

  • J C
    J C 2 місяці тому +1

    Mental health is big business.
    Psychiatrists are legal drug 'pushers'.
    Psychotherapists are corrupt and useless.
    Scheme after scheme to receive taxpayers money via grants.
    And once diagnosed, despite medication, one can quit working + collect benefits.
    Now a society of 'pretends to hear voices' is the rage.
    The MSD manual is a load of fiction + money infused opinion.

  • A. Cheese
    A. Cheese 2 місяці тому

    Thumb's up, or thumb's down?

  • Liz Jones
    Liz Jones 2 місяці тому

    MPD is developed in an individual in order to control them. Those who have done this to them, operate at a distance. & are rarely identified. If they are then it's counted as part of the disorder. The matter is often one of state & is very political. Kennedy was concerned about electronic devices planted in people. But the processes of MPD are far more serious & likely. It also severely interferes with autonomy & human rights. For some reason therapists don't associate the MPD with past abuse. Satanic activity is very real but society has been trained out of a consideration of it it by the use ofrationalism. This leaves the victim horribly trapped.

  • Mrs. O.
    Mrs. O. 2 місяці тому

    Sybil is Hillary Clintons sister.

  • pam dixon
    pam dixon 2 місяці тому

    It happens with or without a diagnosis. I know this because I live with two. At times of stress they strep forward. If this had been diagnoised when I first complained about losing time instead of twenty years later my life would have been very different.

  • Brenda Bassman
    Brenda Bassman 2 місяці тому

    Probably just a ring of financially motivated identity thieves

  • Brenda Bassman
    Brenda Bassman 2 місяці тому

    It wasn't to promote healing! It was to promote stealing!

    BOB WADAS 2 місяці тому

    She admitted it was all a lie !

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs 2 місяці тому

    Psychiatry is a fraud and junk science.

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs 2 місяці тому

    Psychiatry is a fraud and junk science.

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs 2 місяці тому

    Psychiatry is a fraud and junk science.

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs 2 місяці тому

    Psychiatry is a fraud and junk science.

  • Ernie Buchinski
    Ernie Buchinski 2 місяці тому

    In the inevitable Victim Olympics that developed around this phenomenon (assumedly promoted more by doctors wanting to sell sensationalized books than by patients needing help for some type of mental disorder), I wonder what the highest number of "personalities" ever claimed was. I tend to think that the "over 300" mentioned in the video is probably not the highest.

  • Cilly Honey
    Cilly Honey 2 місяці тому +1

    She felt sick because of the drugs. Hypnotic drugs leave you very vulnerable to suggestion. There is no such thing as Multiple Personalities. There are dissociative disorders where people lose time. Not the same thing at all.

  • Anon Amos
    Anon Amos 2 місяці тому

    It is demons...

  • Whitney Dahlin
    Whitney Dahlin 2 місяці тому +2

    7:00 300 personalities is not a realistic number. Pretty sure she is borderline or histrionic or a hypochondriac . My mother is a therapist and one her best friends is also a therapist and her therapist friend really does have disassociative identity disorder (or multiple personality disorder) she only has three "personalities" and her personalities keep trying to commit suicide and then the original wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there or the months before. She can't control when the personalities come out and they will stay out for a few hours or even a few months or even a year. If I did not personally know her I would think that DID didnt exist at all and it was just people with a different mental illness being influenced by therapist or psychiatrists to believe they have numerous personalities.

  • Mia DoubleZeroSeven
    Mia DoubleZeroSeven 2 місяці тому

    Wow this so called doctor is a disgusting POS. She used a patient to make money...I wonder if they asked for her permission to tell her story. Pure evil.

  • Irene Younger
    Irene Younger 2 місяці тому

    There has been so many labels placed on human behaviour. And once an "expert" diagnoses someone, that person tends to believe it whether it's true or not. Nowadays everyone has some kind of "mental disorder". Or do they...?

  • Dr K.
    Dr K. 2 місяці тому +27

    these doctors are sick, it's still happening. False diagnosis, be careful. That's my own personal suggestion, I'm a doctor

    • Neat
      Neat 6 днів тому

      Doesn't meant you're a medical doctor

    • Susan Bolle
      Susan Bolle Місяць тому +1

      Dr kk Thank you for re-stating the experience of those “faking mental illness” as horrific. Even completely sane people (the saner, the more difficult it seemed to be) who attempted to unmask doctors were instead held captives-even after explaining they were simply doing an immersive experiment. Nice try, lab rats. They had a heck of a time getting released.

  • evelyn raymond
    evelyn raymond 2 місяці тому +4

    Sybil may have had more personalities but I still remember the movie The Three
    faces of Eve with Joanne Woodward introducing the idea of multiple personalities back in 1957

  • m b
    m b 2 місяці тому

    Wow! What a nut!

  • annarboriter
    annarboriter 2 місяці тому

    #believeallwomen Psychiatric disorders trend due to media hype. Once anorexia nervosa was popular and then it faded just as did MPD. The latest is the transgender movement with Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria what all the girls are talking about.

  • Mary Walsh Philippus
    Mary Walsh Philippus 2 місяці тому

    For those of you calling this doctor a quack, remember Sybil’s pediatrician had suspected the girls was severely abused but the father was an upstanding citizen and no one would believe if the doctor investigated

  • KL LWC
    KL LWC 2 місяці тому

    So essentially,be care what you believe ....

  • John Higgens
    John Higgens 2 місяці тому

    I'd like to have given Sybil several enemas. That should have cleaned her out.

  • holypicklesmofo
    holypicklesmofo 2 місяці тому

    I shadowed a clinical psychologist and saw a woman write separate paragraphs with each of her hands in different yet perfect handwriting while carrying on a conversation as usual and practically not realizing she was writing, not even looking down. She originally had been referred when she had moved across the country and lost touch with her family, then moving back months later completely confused and scared. I do think DID is perhaps too publicized and overdiagnosed, but I now certainly believe it exists.

  • Sherri Johnson
    Sherri Johnson 2 місяці тому

    Sybil smokes crack...I don't.

  • Vic Bell
    Vic Bell 2 місяці тому

    What's your name? Denny! why didn't she say HER OWN NAME!!!???? clutz!!! LOL

  • S R
    S R 2 місяці тому

    Sally Field's performance in the TV movie "Sybil" is the only good thing that came from the Sybil hoax.

  • Melora Foy
    Melora Foy 2 місяці тому

    I think the proper term is dissociative disorder. I knew someone who claimed to have it. She had been denied access to a mental health support group on the grounds that she was making it up. She was in another support group I was in. I never noticed a difference except for one time when she was very disheveled.

  • _millgecko
    _millgecko 2 місяці тому +1

    not saying i dont believe it but 300 personalities... really....

    • Renata Heiberg
      Renata Heiberg 2 місяці тому

      Impossible to remember the names.

  • Pam Williams-Fritts
    Pam Williams-Fritts 2 місяці тому

    Greed and fame...Dr. Wilbur and others manipulated these emotional unstable women, makes me sick!

  • P Heart
    P Heart 2 місяці тому +66

    A man wouldnt be described as hysterical.

    • Miguel Gomes
      Miguel Gomes 2 дні тому

      Well hysteria, as a psychiatric disorder, isn't really a thing nowadays. Now it usually falls under other diagnosis. However, on Freuds time, when hysterics was a common diagnosis, there were some male cases even though the diagnosis of females was much more frequent. Read his Studies on Hysteria for more information.

  • Existing In Paradox
    Existing In Paradox 2 місяці тому +2

    As someone currently studying Psychology (and thinking of pursuing Psychiatry), I found this “Dr.” incredibly inappropriate. The exact reason why people refuse to get the help they need (and deserve). You should be able to trust and confide in your doctor unapologetically without their personal interference and vendettas. This is so frustrating to me.

  • Lauren Andreas
    Lauren Andreas 2 місяці тому

    Today all you have to tell your ‘md’ is that you are tired and don’t feel well, your very basic bloodwork doesn’t show anything, and you are sent to the psychiatrist quack! You are put on meds that really make you feel and act crazy!! When you tell them that you feel worse, they just add more pills!!! You become a psycho or a zombie!!! I have no respect for the medical community!!! You have a real illness and they don’t even look for it!!! It is your diet, hormones, or something else! Doctors don’t look farther than drugs, It doesn’t matter which branch, They are only after money!!!!! Doctors used to want to actually heal their patients, not just drug the illnesses away!!!! I wish our country would turn back to taking care of each other and not so much emphasis on how much you earn!!!

  • Dawn Spindler
    Dawn Spindler 2 місяці тому +6

    My grandama knew her in real life when Sybil was a child, they went to the same church. She just would not talk about her when asked. So interesting....