A community of selves

In her nonprofit therapy practice, Rebecca Lester uses her anthropological findings to treat complicated mental disorders. Through her research on eating disorders, religious conversions, and polyamory, Rebecca Lester, PhD has gained an intimate understanding of the complex relationship between cultural practice and personal development.  For the chair and professor of sociocultural anthropology, however, it’s not enough to […]

A New Therapy for Multiple Personality Disorder Helps a Woman with 12 Selves

The author, Rebecca Lester, PhD, is Chair of WashU Anthropology. When Ella time traveled in my office for the first time, I did not realize what was happening right away. She was sitting comfortably in a chair, her hands folded, her back straight and her feet flat on the floor. There was no dramatic change, no […]