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SYBILS BATTLE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER The multiple personalities of Sybil Drew P Burks East Mississippi Community College The Multiple Personalities of Sybil In the movie Sybil Sybil has multiple personality disorder This means that she has a rare disorder in which two or more distinct and different personalities live within one person Multiple personality disorder is often caused by physical and sexual abuse in children NAMI 1996 Sybil created an escape and defense from the abuse she suffered Different personalities were created to help her with everyday problems this is called dissociation Healing from this illness is a very long hard process A therapist has to earn a close relationship to the patient and as many of the alter personalities as possible Eventually after working with a therapist for a while a patient can learn to start dealing with everyday problems without using alter personalities Sybil has many different personalities in the movie Her main personality is a sweet quiet confused substitute teacher At first she has no idea of her condition Sybil just thinks she is she is loosing time or blacking out Another personality is Peggy an enchanting little girl She turns into Peggy when she is scared or hurt Also there is Marsha a mean miserable person who has suicidal problems When Sybil gets depressed or upset she turns to this alter personality A personality that Sybil uses is Vicci Vicci is a very conservative and lively She is a headstrong thirteen-year old that is not scared to take risks and have fun with people Sybil goes to Vicci when is in doubt or to timid to be in a social gathering Another of Sybils alter personalities is Vanessa She is a young beautiful girl who plays the piano Vanessa comes out when Sybil feels bad or is put down
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