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Kriss Erickson is a versatile fiction and nonfiction writer who has published 12 books to date. She pulls her inspiration from the themes of life and of nature and enjoys her unique woodland/wetland garden yard in the city of Everett, WA.
on Aug. 22, 2013 :
A gripping, true account of a child growing up with abusive parents. When I was done reading, I wanted to strangle her parents.
Stacy, who represents the author’s main identity, develops several alternate personalities to handle various problems she faces. One can find food, another can deal with rape, and so on. In other words, she develops dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D.), an unusual form of multiple personality disorder. The difference is that her personalities are aware of, and can communicate with, each other.
Most autobiographies are boring to me. The average individual can’t write about themselves without being boring and a bit narcissistic. Erickson, however, not only pulls this off, she does it extremely well. Her story reads like a fine novel as her viewpoint wanders from one personality to another as circumstances require.
This is an easy and enjoyable (if you can restrain your rage) way to learn about D.I.D. If you, or someone you know, has D.I.D., it can offer hope for a cure to the problem. I certainly learned a lot while being entertained by what masks as a good “yarn”.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Aug. 22, 2013 :
This is a very well written autobiography of a very intelligent girl who is physically and mentally abused by her parents from birth. Intelligent people in such situations often create multiple personalities to cope. Unlike many multiple personality cases, folks with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) actually hold conversations between the personalities and are aware of each other.
As a “guy”, this is not usually my cup of tea, but I was totally involved with “Stacy’s” problems.
Erickson tells the story as a work of fiction, using the name of one of her real personalities for the protagonist. The names of her parents are also changed (probably to avoid lawsuits from the guilty parties for defamation).
Erickson (her married name) manages to avoid sensationalizing the book by avoiding descriptions of rape by her father. Rather, she focuses on the effect of the world upon Stacy and her other imbedded personalities. She takes us from just after her birth (which she actually remembers) through young adulthood when she finally breaks away from her parents and the abusive cult they get involved in.
** spoiler alert - stop here if you don't want to know the end **
The last chapter of the book describes in brief how she managed to get the help she needed to cure herself and to integrate her personalities into one functional individual.
If you have DID or know someone who does, this will help you to understand what they go through. If you want to just read a well-written story of abuse and eventual victory, you’ll love this book. “Stacy” survives and wins, and there is something in that for all of us who have to slay one or more dragons every day.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)