More amazing than any work of fiction, yet true in every word, it swept to the top of the bestseller lists and riveted the consciousness of the world. As an Emmy Award-winning film starring Sally Field, it captured the home screens of an entire nation and has endured as the most electrifying TV movie ever made. It's the story of a survivor of terrifying childhood abuse, victim of sudden and mystifying blackouts, and the first case of multiple personality ever to be psychoanalyzed. You're about to meet Sybil–and the sixteen selves to whom she played host, both women and men, each with a different personality, speech pattern, and even personal appearance. You'll experience the strangeness and fascination of one woman's rare affliction–and travel with her on her long, ultimately triumphant journey back to wholeness.
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[Sybil Dorsett] seemed smaller, shrunken. Sybil always stood as tall as she could because she considered herself small and didn't want to appear so. But now she seemed to have shrunk into herself.
The voice was also quite different, childlike, not like Sybil's voice. [...]
The doctor had the distinct impression that she was dealing with someone younger than Sybil. [...] The doctor couldn't be sure. Then the thought she had reined back broke forth: "Who are you?"
"Can't you tell the difference?" was the reply, accompanied by a resolutely independent tossing of the head. "I'm Peggy Lou."
The doctor didn't answer, and Peggy continued: "We don't look alike. You can see that. You can."
The doctor waited a moment; then she proceeded:
"And who is Sybil?"
The doctor waited and, Peggy replied, "Sybil? Why, she's the other girl."
"I see." [...] "Was Mrs. Dorsett your mother?" the doctor asked.
"No. No!" Peggy backed away, cowering against the small pillow. "Mrs. Dorsett's not my mother!"