First Person Narratives 5

In August and September we published a string of posted entitled First Person Narratives. Today we present a short coda to this sequence; although in truth a series like this could go on and on. Last weekend’s Guardian drew attention to the story of the painter Kim Noble, the woman with 100 personalities. She has written a book charting her experience of dissociative identity disorder, one of the most contested psychiatric diagnoses of the nearly 300 that appear in the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ‘I don’t ever know if I am coming or going’, she told the Guardian journalist. ‘I could switch [identities] at a door, like at the doctor’s surgery, and think, ‘Have I just been in?’

Coming or Going Man is the poignant title Kim (or ‘Abi’) gave to one of the works of art she contributed to the Outside In exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in 2009. It has since come into our collection here at the Archives & Museum. All of Me: My Incredible Story of How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing my Body is published today by Piatkus Books.

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1 Response to “First Person Narratives 5”


  1. 1 Bea October 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    All of me is a wonderful, inspirational, book, that is sad and at times funny.
    Kim Noble was tested over three years by a specialize in memory at UCL London. I find it hard to believe her diagnosis can be questioned. The only thing I question is the article in the Guardian stating 100 personalities. All press releases and her website record 20 personalities.
    I highly recommend All of Me. Also 14 great artists and their work should be viewed.


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