The Magic Castle: A Mother's Harrowing True Story Of Her

The Magic Castle: A Mother's Harrowing True Story Of Her Adoptive Son's Multiple Personalities-- And The Triumph Of Healing A very sad tale Very well written I could feel this mother s emotions as she fought to help her adopted son struggle through his disorder Not a book for the faint hearted or casual reader Very somber subject matter. It was a very interesting and touching read, especially since I know the main character. Captured me for a full day of reading How does one survive such brutality Very intense story Helped me understand how amazing our minds are The power they hold in being able to protect us yet can keep us so ill in the same sense. This book has a perspective that s not often covered It s written from the point of view of a parent, about a teen aged patient.The writer is largely rational, and you can tell she at least tried to stick to her experience of what happened.The use of hypnosis by one of the doctors, and the escalation of the strangeness of the circumstances that happened in the uncovered past, dangerously nudge this story towards recovered memories fiasco territory, but I think all in all, they managed to avoi This book has a perspective that s not often covered It s written from the point of view of a parent, about a teen aged patient.The writer is largely rational, and you can tell she at least tried to stick to her experience of what happened.The use of hypnosis by one of the doctors, and the escalation of the strangeness of the circumstances that happened in the uncovered past, dangerously nudge this story towards recovered memories fiasco territory, but I think all in all, they managed to avoid it The possibilities of it having all happened as it was remembered, or not, are both kept into consideration, giving this book some balance.I d definitely have preferred that a proper police investigation had occurred and been included in the book, but sadly that doesn t seem to have happened As it is, it s still informative, well enough written, and doesn t reek of exploitation, which isthan many similar books can say It s been a long time since I read this one, The Magic Castle by Carole Smith Books about child systems are few and far between Of course, all systems begin as child systems, but most aren t known to be such by others until they re older Child systems often get other labels ADHD, bipolar, attachment disorder, conduct disorder, etc And, of course, these labels may be accurate, they re just not the whole story Back when this was published, accounts of caring for foster children or severely It s been a long time since I read this one, The Magic Castle by Carole Smith Books about child systems are few and far between Of course, all systems begin as child systems, but most aren t known to be such by others until they re older Child systems often get other labels ADHD, bipolar, attachment disorder, conduct disorder, etc And, of course, these labels may be accurate, they re just not the whole story Back when this was published, accounts of caring for foster children or severely traumatised kids weren t that common Now there s a whole shelf for them in the bookshop Torey Hayden has touched on childhood multiplicity, as has Casey Watson Back in the 1970s, Nancy Lynn Gooch was discovered by her adoptive parents and her teacher cum therapist to be a multiple system, as a teenager their experiences were published as Nightmare Uncovering the Strange 56 Personalities of Nancy Lynn Gooch But largely, the field of books is about adult bodied systems.If I was to make a comparison between this book and another, probably the closest in feel is something radically different Reasonable People by Ralph James Savarese, about the journey their family took when they fostered then adopted their nonspeaking, autistic, severely abused son, DJ Because of DJ s trauma and experiences both with his biological family and in foster care, DJ had a long road of recovery, therapy and attachment to his adoptive family, complicated by his autism He found relief from learning to type, and from receiving EMDR therapy Alex comes from a similarly horrific background, and presents initially in the book as having behavioural issues stemming from an attachment disorder a very common issue in abused kids in foster care, though the term is never used I am unsure without researching just when attachment disorders became widely known about Alex acts out, Alex self harms, Alex steals, destroys, and, apparently, lies and lies But fairly quickly Carole, his foster mother realises that when Alex apologises, he doesn t seem to have memory of the behaviour he s apologising for While working through the stages of attachment from infancy onwards, there are moments that are obviously amnesic, obviously dissociative, or obviously not Alex, but someone else looking through the body s eyes Carole doesn t mess around she contacts trauma specialist Dr Bessel van der Kolk, and gets referred on to the specialist who is able to act as support for Alex, his therapist, and his family through the processing of his trauma Alex s system members, when they emerge, are often rudimentary and erratic Only a couple have names, the rest are anchored to specific trauma dates or rituals they endured This is consistent with some other child systems that have been written about, that the selves can be less fully formed than they might be in adult systems This doesn t make Alex any less multiple, it just highlights how little we know about multiplicity in children, because of the above mentioned misdiagnoses.Now, this is a book that talks about ritual abuse, and I know that s not for everyone, and that not everyone believes in abuse memories that contain it, thanks to the hysteria of the midnineties But, as the specialist says, paederast rings commonly used sleight of hand and tricks to convince frightened children of what they saw, proper horror movie effects with fake blood and butcher s offcuts And, when it came down to it, whether Alex was part of a genuine cult or part of a paederast ring that used pantomime doesn t matter, because Alex s experience was that it was real, and his treatment was the same honouring his memories of the trauma he experienced and processing that It s also a book about the ways the system can fail traumatised kids the fostercare system, the respite system, and the psychiatric system, specifically psych hospitals So if any of these are problems for you, use caution, but as an account of successfully, laboriously working through severe trauma in a foster adoption context, it s pretty good This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A very interesting book This book is highly explicit, so if you re tender to that then it is best to be careful I found this book especially interesting because it s from the point of view of a foster mother who learned her adoptive son has dissociative identity disorder due to his treatment prior to their meeting mostly It s unusual in that it s from a parental perspective and therefore from a point of view of someone who has not experienced the abuse and it is about a male victim Certa A very interesting book This book is highly explicit, so if you re tender to that then it is best to be careful I found this book especially interesting because it s from the point of view of a foster mother who learned her adoptive son has dissociative identity disorder due to his treatment prior to their meeting mostly It s unusual in that it s from a parental perspective and therefore from a point of view of someone who has not experienced the abuse and it is about a male victim Certainly there are male victims, but the majority one hears about it sees are female The only reason it received four stars instead of five was it was a little long winded and repetitive PopSugar 2017 a book by or about a person with a disabilityAlthough Alex was able, through his therapy and support system, to overcome his disability Alex Smith and his eight personalities were trapped in a world of unfathomable eviluntil he entered the magic castle and found the key to his freedomWhen Carole Smith and her husband decided to take in a foster child that no one else would have, they knew ten year old Alex would be difficult But nothing had prepared them for the unruly, self destructive boy who stormed into their lives Alone with Alex during the day, Carole was baffled by his infantile tantrums and violent, self hating behaviors Exasperated, she tried relating to him as the two year old he appeared to be, and finally, a door to Alex s mind began to openWith the help of psychiatrist Dr Steven Kingsbury, Alex s tormented mind revealed a host of personalities, each born in a horrifying episode of Alex s past each carrying a memory too powerful for his conscious mind to handle As the personalities came forth in the safety of Alex s inner, secret castle, they unleashed stories of abandonment, brainwashing, and sexual abuse by those Alex trusted the most In the spellbinding tradition of Sybil and When Rabbit Howls, here is a fascinating true story of the human mind of innocence shattered by inhuman cruelty and ultimately of love s power to transform fragments into wholeness tragedy into triumph ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Lavons.co.uk they knew ten year old Alex would be difficult But nothing had prepared them for the unruly [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – Lavons.co.uk self destructive boy who stormed into their lives Alone with Alex during the day ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk Carole was baffled by his infantile tantrums and violent ❰Epub❯ ❧ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Lavons.co.uk self hating behaviors Exasperated ➵ [Reading] ➷ If the Stiletto Fits... By Wendy Etherington ➪ – Lavons.co.uk she tried relating to him as the two year old he appeared to be ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, Author Cindi Myers – Lavons.co.uk and finally [PDF] ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires By Robyn Donald – Lavons.co.uk a door to Alex s mind began to openWith the help of psychiatrist Dr Steven Kingsbury [Reading] ➶ An Amish Family Christmas By Marta Perry – Lavons.co.uk Alex s tormented mind revealed a host of personalities [PDF / Epub] ☆ Interrupted Lullaby By Dana R. Lynn – Lavons.co.uk each born in a horrifying episode of Alex s past each carrying a memory too powerful for his conscious mind to handle As the personalities came forth in the safety of Alex s inner ➶ [Read] ➲ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James ➾ – Lavons.co.uk secret castle ☉ Vows of Revenge PDF / Epub ❤ Author Dani Collins – Lavons.co.uk they unleashed stories of abandonment ☉ Not a Fairy Tale PDF / Epub ❤ Author Romy Sommer – Lavons.co.uk brainwashing ❴BOOKS❵ ✬ The Midwife and the Single Dad Author Gill Sanderson – Lavons.co.uk and sexual abuse by those Alex trusted the most In the spellbinding tradition of Sybil and When Rabbit Howls [Reading] ➿ Small-Town Billionaire ➶ Renee Andrews – Lavons.co.uk here is a fascinating true story of the human mind of innocence shattered by inhuman cruelty and ultimately of love s power to transform fragments into wholeness tragedy into triumph Very very graphic Usually reading about traumatic stories do not emotionally get to me but this story was horrifying I had to put it down a few times or skim over some graphic details Very interesting read about working with someone who has DID and how to reintegrate personalities. jkjk


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