By far one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while. All of Me by Kim Noble is the true story of a woman who was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – a condition where she shares her body with multiple personalities. These personalities share no memory of each other and are each completely individual humans with their own memories, lives, jobs and, sometimes in her past, their own apartments.
The book explains that DID often manifests as a result of severe trauma and a way of coping with pain. At some point in Kim’s very young childhood, her personality fragmented into over 100 different personalities, 20 of which are prominent with others only coming ‘out’ for short periods of time.
The book takes us on a journey from the very beginning of her life through the eyes of Patricia – the current dominate personality. Patricia tells us about her experiences of being in Kim Noble’s body and the long process of being in and out of hospitals since the age of 14.
Now a successful artist, some of Kim Noble’s many personalities express themselves and their experiences through painting.
An astonishing read. You can see Kim’s work at kimnoble.com.
Below is an short snippet of video of Kim’s appearance on the Oprah show: