Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sybil: Does Art Imitate Life or Does Life Imitate Art?

I'm working on my lecture for psych class. It's about media influence on psychological science. More specifically, the influence books and movies both fiction and nonfiction have exerted on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD, aka DID) by the academic community and the general public. Popular accounts of multiple personalities include The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Three Faces of Eve, and Sybil. Each has changed the way the medical community reacts to potential cases of MPD and in a broader sense, to the concepts of personality and "selfhood" in general.

So, does art imitate life or does life imitate art?

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