Multiple Personality Disorders: Dissociative Identity Di

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As we talked about dissociative identity disorder in the lecture, it really interested me and I wanted to learn more about it. Dissociated identity disorder is when a person has two or more distinct identities, or personality states, that take control of them. The individual experiences extensive memory loss, that is too great to be classified as ordinary forgetfulness. Sometimes it is even said to be an experience of possession. This disorder can be developed as a coping mechanism from extreme trauma or abuse at an early age. Dissociative identity disorder, formally called multiple personality disorder, is said to date back to shamans changing into animals or embodying spirits in Paleolithic cave paintings. Even some historical demonic possessions,…show more content…
Possession type cases show the alternate identity visibly to people around the individual. In non-possession type cases, the identity is not displayed overtly for extended periods of time. Most people with DID describe a feeling of depersonalization, and observers of their own speech and actions. Individuals with DID might also hear voices accompanied by multiple streams of thought that they have no control over. They get strong and sudden impulses that they can’t control. Their bodies can feel suddenly different such as a child, or big and muscular. They also experience and sudden shift in…show more content…
In many cases, individuals that have been diagnosed with DID would also meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions. Many people with this disorder have identity disturbance. However, those with borderline personality disorder do not report having other identities that they have no memory of. I’m not sure of any famous people or notable people that have this disorder. However, after reading more about DID it sounds a lot like the new movie Split. If you don’t know what Split is, it’s about a man that kidnapped a couple teenagers and holds them hostage. While they are in captivity, they find out that the man that kidnapped them has many personalities. Some of them are nice and want to help them, some are mean and try to hurt them, and some are more passive. I think this disorder is very interesting and it kind of blows my mind that our brain can switch to a totally different person. It really blew my mind when we talked in the lecture about people that had one identity that was a heroin addict, and one that was not. It’s crazy to me that someone could take a drug that serious and have a part of them be unaffected by it until they switch to their other
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