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Also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (this is how it is now known). It involves a lack of "unity of self". In other words, the experiences, memories etc that make a complete whole remain separate (not strictly accurate, but it will suffice). The sufferer displays the personalities of multiple "alters"; although there is no consensus as to exactly what defines an alter. Sometimes there may be thousands of alters present, each of which has its own memories not accessible by the others. However, alters are frequently aware of the existence of other alters.The primary identity is usually the one with the individual's given name, sole history & experiences etc. This identity is commonly passive, guilty, dependent and depressed. When in control, each alter may present a distinct history and identity. The alters' characteristics contrast, often widely, with those of the primary identity. Despite the apparent differences between alters, it is believed that DID is actually a fragmentation of identity rather than a genesis of separate identities.Nicholas Spanos considers repressed memories of childhood abuse and DID are "rule-governed social constructs established, legitimated, and maintained through social interaction".What Spanos means is not that DID does not exist, rather that it is created by therapists (iatrogenic), the patients and society at large. The origin and development are often, maybe even usually, explicable without separate "alters" caused by a destroyed "original self".This opinion has adherents and opponents among psychologists & psychiatrists.Brain imaging studies have indicated that there are identity transitions in some patients. The evidence is now fairly conclusive that there are thousands of cases of DID diagnosed each year, and almost invariably the cause can be shown to be prolonged and severe early childhood abuse, usually sexual.
No i dont think so, yest i do..no you dont..who said that...Sorry
Does this mean that all of the alters are in fact bits and pieces so to speak of the one individual personality? Just being expressed in different persona's so to speak?
If so what is treatment these days or is there one? Does the individual really need it or is there really treatment aside from counceling. Is it possible for an individual with this problem if you want to call it that to have real relationships, ie friendships etc?
Is it possible for the individual to use his alters to express certain feelings when unable to express these feelings in the original persona. Does the use of these alters always have to be considered negative?