Patrick Suraci, Ph.D

Bernadette Peters performing at her charity event BROADWAYBARKS which is a lifesaver for shelter dogs and cats. She finds people who will love them and adopt them. She also raises money for one of my favorite charities Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.

I named this painting "Palestrina" for Domingo Zepata, the brilliant Spanish artist. He had an opening of his art exhibit on September 17, 2015 at the 72 Ganesvoort Street gallery.

My book "SYBIL in her own words" will be distributed by Woodslane in Australia and New Zealand.

Off to Hollywood to discuss movie of my book SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings. Offers still accepted at Marianne Strong Literary Agency in New York City.

Patrick Suraci, Ph.D.

Biography

The E-book is selling vigorously in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, Australia, Canada and Japan

A panda bear painting by Domingo Zapata is watching me get ready for the 2015 Tony Awards. Happily Alison Bechdel's book, "Fun House" which was made into a musical by the same name, WON 5 Tony Awards. What a great accomplishment!

We were happily surprised to be contacted by a publisher in Indonesia, who wants to translate "SYBIL in her own words." Check back for updates!.

The beautiful garden at the restaurant at the Sunset Marquis hotel in Los Angeles adding to the splendor of my conversations with a producer who is interested in making a movie of SYBIL in her own words.

This bird was my lunch companion everyday. He seems to have put on weight.

An added bonus to the Los Angeles trip was a visit to Las Vegas. We stayed at the Venetian Hotel where San Marco's Square and canals are reproduced indoors on the 2nd floor. This is the scene that I related to Shirley Mason while telling her of my adventures in Italy.

As a member of the Authors Guild he has received invaluable information. He is honored to be included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

Born May 31, 1936 in Rochester, New York, Patrick Suraci received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Assumption College, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New York in 1981.

His latest work, Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings is being launched at Book Expo America at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City on May 24, 2011. His first non-fiction book, Male Sexual Armor: Erotic Fantasies and Sexual Realities of the Cop on the Beat and the Man in the Street in 1992. In 2005, his play Bless Me Father was produced at the National Arts Club in New York City. From his former career as an actor, he is still a member of the Actors Equity Association.

Dr. Suraci was a Staff Psychologist for the New York Police Department and is now in private practice in Manhattan. He has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Baruch College at the City University of New York.

DSM-5


The American Psychiatric Association has published the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, 2013. It reaffirms the Dissociative Identify Disorder (DID) diagnosis.

In 1973 Flora Schreiber wrote SYBIL, a case history of a person with DID. After Schreiber’s death in 1988 there have been several unsuccessful attempts to prove this case was a fraud. Some of these people, enflamed by the success of the book, have falsified and distorted documents in Flora Schreiber’s archives to prove their theories. Furthermore, some did not engage in logical thinking. If the three women in “SYBIL” were clever enough to dupe the whole world, would they would not be clever enough to destroy so-called incriminating documents which Flora Schreiber bequeathed to John Jay College?

Some people, who never engaged in any research about DID, claim that there is no connection between child abuse and DID. Then they unwittingly contradict themselves by stating DID doesn’t even exist.

DSM-5 concluded from the rigorous research into DID: “Interpersonal physical and sexual abuse is associated with an increased risk of dissociative identify disorder. Prevalence of childhood abuse and neglect in the United States, Canada and Europe among those with the disorder is close to 90%.”

TRUTH EVENTUALLY TRIUMPS
A writer may use all the tricks of a con artist, but in the digital age, Amazon ultimately reveals the true work of a book. That is aparent in a used paperback of "Sybil Exposed" selling for $.20.

When I did research for my doctorate, I learned that I had to produce proof for every statement of fact made in my conclusion. As a reader, when I pick up a book of non-fiction, I expect that the author has documents or proof of some nature to verify each fact stated in the book. I take for granted that a well-known publisher, especially its legal division, would have vetted everything in the book. The author can also give her opinions and beliefs so long as they are stated as such and not confused with hard evidence and facts.

This is not the case with a new book “Sybil Exposed” by Debbie Nathan. The untrue statements begin at the very beginning – the dust jacket of the book. On the inside back flap it states: “The Sybil archive became available to the public only recently, and Nathan is the first person to have examined all of it and to provide proof that the story was an elaborate fraud…”

The following letter is in the Special Collections Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan (click on images to view them larger):



After my lawyer presented this letter to Simon & Schuster, this is an excerpt of their response:




Here is a typical example of how Ms. Nathan did her research:

On page 71 Nathan writes: “Completely inexperienced with men, she had little idea of how to take Gene’s (O’Neill) measure. He noticed her ignorance and didn’t like it. Too‘girlish’ he called Flora, particularly when it came to sex. In a sheaf of notes she wrote to herself, she described feeling pain at having his finger inside her, let alone his penis. ‘Be an animal,’ Gene would urge her, and he blamed her reticence on the fact that she had a profession. ‘You bring Adelphi College into the bedroom. It is not that career women don’t want to go to bed – it is that they don’t know how,’ he scolded Flora.”

To prove this Nathan cites in: “Notes: Chapter 6, No.11, FRS Box 34, File 1051”






This is the complete document. Nathan quotes Schreiber's actual words about Eugene O’Neill, Jr.: “Be an animal", "you bring Adelphi College into the bedroom", "it is not that career women don’t want to go to bed – it is that they don’t know how" You can see that at no time does Schreiber write about O’Neill’s “finger” or “penis.”

Selected Works

Non-Fiction
Dr. Suraci learned about Sybil in 1973 when his friend, Flora Schreiber, gave him her book, "Sybil". After Flora died, he discovered Sybil's true identity - Shirley Mason - and they became friends. She gave Dr. Suraci all the personal material that is in "Sybil In Her Own Words". Book reading and signing at the Bluestockings bookstore, March 31, 2012, at 7 pm. A projection of the paintings made by 5 of Sybil's alternate personalities with interpretations and playing a recorded conversation with Shirley Mason enlighted the audience. Book reading and signing at the Middletown Township Public Library in New Jersey on October 3 at 7 pm.
TV Pilot
This is a story about a therapist and his unusual relationship with his patients.
Nonfiction
Personal interviews with police officers and with men in other occupations.
Play
Reveals the intricate motivations of a priest who falls in love with a teenage boy.