Middletown, NY (PressExposure) August 30, 2009 -- What is it like to live with multiple personality disorder? Criss Ittermann of Eclectic Tech, LLC, life coach, web designer, Interfaith minister and holistic healer, has published a new book about having multiple personality disorder and choosing to make the best of it. The book is part memoir, part poetry book and all authenticity. The Crissing Link: Poetic License - a poetic journey through the labyrinth of multiplicity (http://TheCrissingLink.com) exposes the beliefs and the thoughts behind one of the 20th Centuryâs most bizarre psychological discoveries.
Following a suicide attempt when she was a teenager, Rev. Ittermann confessed to having âmany people in her headâ and was diagnosed as having multiple personality disorder. When asked whether she wanted to integrate her personalities, she refused. She has discovered over 70 alternate personalities and used self-help books and methods to resolve her internal issues on her own. As she worked to form an internal family she also started an online community of people who also have multiple personalities. She goes by the name âThe Crissesâ when she feels safe being âout.â
Poetic License incorporates an overview of events leading up to her diagnosis, the group decision to refuse integration therapy, and mentions years of work to reach internal balance in spite of conflicting needs, opinions and desires. The chapters in the book feature 18 of her âresidentsâ as she calls them, and showcase poetry and comic book artwork by these specific internal authors.
The book reads like a personal manifesto, inspiration, and a declaration of authenticity. Vignettes covering pet âidentity issuesâ for several of her authors cover causes that they champion and include a lament against racism, gender stereotyping, and a defense of unhindered sexual expression. In all, the 13 âidentity issueâ sections have the potential to be heart-warming, challenging, or inspiring to those of us struggling with our own closets.
More information about the book, including excerpts, is available at http://TheCrissingLink.com.