Thursday, July 28, 2011


Sybil is a 1976 drama film that originally aired as a made-for-television miniseries. It was based on the book of the same name, but there is also a 2007 version of Sybil, which people who does not have enough knowledge about multiple disorder unlike those psychology students for focuses on the behavior of human being.

These movie/book dramatizes the life of a shy young graduate student, Sybil Dorsett (in real life, Shirley Ardell Mason), suffering from dissociative identity disorder as a result of the psychological trauma she suffered as a child. With the help of her psychiatrist, Sybil gradually recalls the severe child abuse that led to the development of 16 different personalities. She has 14 different personalities and 2 male personalities. The female personalities are:

Vanessa: Holds Sybil's musical abilities, plays the piano and helps Sybil pursue a romantic relationship with Richard. She's a young girl, possibly 12 years old (that's what Richard says and Vanessa doesn't dispute).
Vicky: 13 year old who speaks French, a very strong, sophisticated and mature personality who knows about and has insight into all the other personalities, though Sybil does not. (states age when she is looking in the mirror at her doctor's home)
Peggy: 9 year old who speaks like a little girl. Holds Sybil's artistic abilities, often appears while crying hysterically due to Sybil's fears. She has many misconceptions; for instance, she doesn't know that she is in New York City and, instead, thinks she is in the small town that Sybil grew up. Peggy feels the greatest trauma from her mom's abuse, often feeling sad/depressed and unable to find happiness. Her biggest fears include the green kitchen, purple, Christmas, and explosions.
Marcia: dresses in funeral attire and constantly has suicidal thoughts and attempts suicide. Supposedly tried to kill Sybil in the Harlem hotel but was stopped from Vicky. She thinks the end of the world is coming, but what she really fears is the end of Sybil.
Mary: is Sybil's memory of her grandmother; she speaks, walks and acts like a grandmother, and is anxious to meet Sybil's grandmother.
Nancy: who kept waiting for the end of the world and was afraid of Armageddon. She's a product of Sybil's dad's religious fanatacism.
Ruthie: is one of Sybil's less developed selves, a baby in fact. When Sybil hears her mom's voice, she is so terrified that she regresses into Ruthie, an alter that parallels Sybil as a helpless, regressive, pre-verbal baby.
Clara: Around 8-9 years old. No info given.
Ellen: Around 13-14 years old. No info given.
Margie: Around 10-11 years old. No info given.
Sybil Ann: Around 5-6 years old. Very shy.

And here are the two male personalities of Sybil:
Mike: built the shelf in the top of Sybil's closet to hide Vickie's paintings, which she does at night. He and Sid want to know if they can still give a baby to a girl like "daddy" did even though they are in Sybil's (a female's) body. He's around 9-10 years old.
Sid: wants to be just like his father, loves football. He's around 7-8 years old.

These movie will seriously gonna give you goosebumps! :)
I only watched in on YouTube, because I'm eager to watch it when my professor told us about these movie.

Here's the link:

Sorry i can't find the 1976 version of it! Enjoy ☺

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