A Brief History of Multiplicity.- The Roots of Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder.- "Nothing but God and the Brain".- Prying Open the Lid.- Looking Inside the Box, Thinking Outside the Box.- Sybil A Case of Multiple Personalities and the Natural History of a Myth.- The Case of Sybil.- The Publication of a "Psychiatric Masterpiece".- The Myth Explodes.- Seminal Cases of Multiplicity A History.- Fourteen Seminal Cases.- Bifurcation of Self.
From the reviews: "Reiber attempts to locate the history of the idea of dissociative states in a social context that owes much to popular hypnotism, Freudian and pseudo-Freudian psychodynamics and concepts of identity. ... On reflection, a reader is likely to feel better informed and most likely stimulated by some of the questions Reiber poses. ... It asks good questions and keeps the reader asking them long after the book is laid aside." (Mark Welch, Metapsychology-online, September, 2006) "Book seemingly addresses to psychologists and psychiatrists is Robert W. Rieber's The Bifurcation of the Self: The History and Theory of Dissociation and its Disorders. ... This book will be useful to mental health professionals looking for an overview of selected past ideas and cases of dissociation, particularly DID." (Carlos S. Alcarado, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 21 (1), 2007)