The 1980s saw psychologists discovering a lot of "repressed" memories in patients. As it turned out, they weren't so much memories as inventions. Are all those patients stuck with false memories of Satanic abuse and alternate personalities forever?
Sybil, the book supposedly based on a real case study, made the concept of multiple personality disorder world-famous, and launched a pop culture phenomenon. The only trouble is, it's based on a woman who didn't actually have multiple personalities. What diagnosis did she actually have?
Fiction has mined the idea of multiple personalities for centuries, but it was only in the 1970s that science followed suit. But many argue that "multiple personality disorder" is not a real psychological ailment. What exactly is the science behind this disorder, and does it even exist? How does it work for people who…