Sarah: A Sexual Biography by Paul R. Abramson

By Paul R. Abramson

Sarah is the distinct case heritage of a UCLA undergraduate, written by means of a UCLA psychology professor. it's a distinctive case of mental survival. regardless of vicious sexual abuse, Sarah has controlled to evolve, continue to exist, and develop. Balancing the serious emotional effect of Sarah’s first-person account, Dr. Abramson’s observation is interpolated in the course of the list of Sarah’s lifestyles. Sarah’s tale was once got from seven months of interviewing, plus her diaries, drawings, relations pictures, and 4 years of follow-ups, correspondence, and observations. This publication is important in that it records mental solution within the face of never-ending abuse and trauma. Dr. Abramson presents an strange standpoint by way of focusing much less at the harm linked to abuse and extra on Sarah’s sluggish improvement of profitable technique of coping and surmounting adverse styles.

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Thomas's (1981) novel, The White Hotel, provides a convincing demonstration of the slippery slopes of truth in any such undertaking. Among those who read Sarah's account prior to its publication, the reactions have ranged from the assumption of its base in fiction rather than fact to a belief in its absolute truthfulness. Perceptions of Sarah's present psychological state range from Professor Abramson's assessment of her remarkably good adjustment as the happy survivor of a traumatic past to an equally able reviewer's assessment that she may be a manipulative and seductive young woman driven by narcissism, sadism, and masochism.

But I didn't let this neighbor go to the police. I was afraid of getting my mother in trouble. I don't know why I thought that. But I was very protective of my mother. I loved my mother very much I wanted everything to be just like it was before Al came. My mother is a wonderful person, but she's crazy. These things go hand in hand. She loved nature a lot. She loved animals. We used to go on camping trips and go to places to pick wild flowers. She would just pack up the van, with dogs and kids.

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