Life Lessons From a Multiple Personality in Pictures and Words
Looking Inside gives the reader an intimate peek into one woman's incredible journey with multiple personalities. In this amazing book, Judy Castelli shares her delightful journal drawings and poetic prose. Castelli learned at age forty-four that she has multiple personality disorder. Determined to move beyond a lifetime of mental hospitals and internal chaos, she used her journals to explore the complex system of personalities that share her body. Because she understood that words are sometimes not enough, she encouraged her alters to speak through art.
The entries in Looking Inside are ideal to use as individual meditations and personal inspiration, and would also lend themselves to use within the context of group work with DID survivors. This book contains very appealing line drawings and text that come directly from Judy's journal entries. Readers may recognize many of their own thoughts and emotions in this book and can use it as a basis for their own therapeutic journaling. Each entry and drawing offers the reader a wonderful opportunity to explore individually or with others the common challenges of coping with trauma as well as the joy found in healing from it.
"[This book], beautifully exemplifies both Judy Castelli's gift for expression as well as the tremendous depths of struggle encountered on her personal journey of survival and healing. This book is a must-read for all survivors as well as their therapists."
--Esther Giller, Pres., Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation
About the Author
Judy Castelli is an artist, survivor, author, professional speaker, founder of and board member of The NYSSMP&D (New York Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation.) She stands triumphant- her heart open wide- in love with life. There is hope in these pages for all.