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  multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder)
Psychologist Nicholas P. Spanos argues that repressed memories of childhood abuse and multiple personality disorder are "rule-governed social constructions established, legitimated, and maintained through social interaction." In short, Spanos argues that most cases of MPD have been created by therapists with the cooperation of their patients and the rest of society.
MPD therapists counter these charges by claiming that their methods are tried and true, which they know from experience, and those therapists who never treat MPD don't know what to look for.
Multiple selves exist, and have existed in other cultures, without being related to the notion of a mental disorder, as is the case today in North America.
www.skepdic.com /mpd.html   (2514 words)

  Multiple Personality Disorder: Fact or Fiction?
Multiple Personality Disorder, or MPD, is one of the most talked about and publicized disorders known and is the center of much debate and criticism.
MPD is hypothesized to be caused by severe childhood trauma that creates a mental split or "dissociation" as a defense against that trauma (Spanos, 1994).
Multiple Personality Disorder occurs when a child is abused at a young age and their personality splits into several alters to help them deal with the stress.
www.personalityresearch.org /papers/cherry2.html   (5404 words)

 Mania - Psychologist Anywhere Anytime
Persons with dissociative identity disorder are often told of things they have done but do not remember and of notable changes in their behavior.
For example, during a traumatic experience, a person may dissociate the memory of the place and circumstances of the trauma from his ongoing memory, resulting in a temporary mental escape from the fear and pain of the trauma and, in some cases, a memory gap surrounding the experience.
Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder is defined as a condition in which "two or more distinct identities or personality states" alternate in controlling the patient's consciousness and behavior.
www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com /disorders_psychologist_and_psychologists/psychologist_multiple_personaility_disorder.htm   (2008 words)

 Dissociative identity disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dissociative identity disorder is a diagnosis described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Revised, as the existence in an individual of two or more distinct identities or personalities, each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment.
Persons with dissociative identity disorder are often told of things they have done but do not remember and of notable changes in their behavior.
The defence and decline of multiple personality or dissociative identity disorder.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Multiple_personality_disorder   (2510 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder and the Consciousness Restructuring Process   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a controversial diagnostic label for traumatic dissociation, which leads to fragmentation or splits in the personality which are often unknown to one another since they are isolated by state-dependent amnesias.
The disorder tends to be chronic and is exacerbated by psychosocial and psychophysical stress.
This is how multiple existences become possible: by living from one waking state to another waking state; from one dream to the next; from one creative, artistic, religious, or psychotic inspiration or possession to another; from trance to trance; and from reverie to reverie.
asklepia.tripod.com /Chaosophy2/MPDandCRP.html   (6225 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder
The problem with the diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder is that it takes such a long time to actually diagnose, the average is six years to eight years but it can take up to twenty.
As a psychological disorder, it gains recognition from the American Psychiatric Association through their diagnostic manual, and guidelines were set for the treatment and analysis of the disease.
Multiple Personality Disorder is also seen as something that is manufactured in the patient by the psychologist or a psychological fad, something that is not a real disease and does not occur naturally.
www.fortea.us /english/psiquiatria/multiple.htm   (1769 words)

 Multiple personality
In the 1950s, the phenomenon of multiple personalities came to the attention of the general public in the form of a motion picture called "The Three Faces of Eve." It was based upon the treatment of a woman who appeared to manifest three separate personalities.
While multiple personality was a rare and unusual diagnosis prior to the 50s, in the 70s and 80s it became much more common.
A therapist who is strongly motivated to "find multiple personalities" might inadvertently harm a patient by doing the opposite, namely by encouraging the patient to perceive conflicting feelings and thoughts as expressions of different personalities, thereby interfering with that integrative process.
psychologydoc.com /multiple_personality.htm   (526 words)

 Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Disorder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
For example, during a traumatic experience, a person may dissociate the memory of the place and circumstances of the trauma from his ongoing memory, resulting in a temporary mental escape from the fear and pain of the trauma and, in some cases, a memory gap surrounding the experience.
The personalities may be an exaggeration or an escalation of the normal conflicts and role variations that all of us experience; It's as if the person gradually separates two or more kinds of conflicting desires, develops complex roles around each one, and engages them separately, so that they do not conflict.
Dissociative disorders are highly responsive to individual psychotherapy, or "talk therapy," as well as to a range of other treatment modalities, including medications, hypnotherapy, and adjunctive therapies such as art or movement therapy.
www.angelfire.com /nj/Dissociative   (1865 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder
These personalities have their own way of thinking, feeling, and acting that may be completely different from what another personality is like (1).
To be diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, at least two of the multiple personalities must dominate over the others on a slightly frequent basis (2).
The disorder was later brought more to public awareness by The Three Faces of Eve (1957), a movie based on the true story of a pristine housewife who was diagnosed with MPD when she couldn't explain why she would suddenly become a very sexual person and not remember it.
serendip.brynmawr.edu /biology/b103/f02/web1/dfemina.html   (991 words)

 The Awareness Center: Dissociative Disorders
Others may be unaware of personality A or may be aware of personality A but lack co-consciousness (the simultaneous awareness of events by more than one personality) with personality A. Dissociative identity disorder is serious and chronic and may lead to disability and incapacity.
Several studies show that previously undiagnosed dissociative identity disorder is present in 3 to 4% of acute psychiatric inpatients and in a sizable minority of patients in psychoactive substance abuse treatment settings.
The psychiatrist may attempt to contact and elicit other personalities by asking to speak to the part of the mind involved in behaviors for which the patient had amnesia or that were experienced in a depersonalized or derealized fashion.
www.theawarenesscenter.org /did.html   (5502 words)

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This disorder is when a person has two or more distinct personalities that often control the person’s behavior.
Unlike most popular accounts and professional case histories of multiple personality, Chase's story does not involve buried memories of child abuse which were only recovered after she went into therapy.
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was first recognized in the 1700's but was not understood so therefore it was forgotten.
www.lycos.com /info/multiple-personality-disorder.html   (643 words)

 Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Disorder Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence - Find Articles
There are cases in which a person will have as many as 100 or more identities, while some people only exhibit the presence of one or two.
Persons with DID usually have one personality that controls the body and its behavior.
Psychiatrists refer to this personality as the "host." This is generally not the person's original personality or birth personality.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2602/is_0002/ai_2602000201   (862 words)

 Short Works of Richard Corelli, M.D.
One caveat is that each dream is the unique personal experience and possession of the dreamer and that the same image may have different meanings for different people based on their own individual experiences and the context of the lives and the context of the dream in which it occurs.
One or more the personalities may be aware of hearing or having heard the voices of one or more of the other personalities, or may report having talked with or engaged in activities with one or more of the other personalities.
A person with alcoholism may often be in denial about the presence or seriousness of their illness and might display joking or anger when the subject is brought up or might change the topic to avoid discussing an alcohol problem.
www.stanford.edu /~corelli/shortworks.html   (4854 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder
Multiple Personality Disorder is a condition in which a person has more than one identity, each of which speaks, acts and writes in a very different way.
The causation of Multiple Personality Disorder is when an individual has suffered severe, horrific, traumatic, unavoidable, persistent physical or sexual abuse in childhood.
Also many people displaying MPD appeared to be skilled at self- hypnosis through which their “psyche” comes forward as a coping mechanism, to protect them from the pain (they create a self- induced hypnotic like trance) which allows the individual to escape psychologically.
www.freeessays.cc /db/39/pnl39.shtml   (1379 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder
Clinically, however, Multiple Personality Disorder has been recognized for centuries and is currently estimated to exist in 1% of the general population (1,8), and as much as 7% of the population may have suffered from a dissociative disorder at some point in timem (9).
Currently, DID (MPD) is most generally defined as a disturbance in the normally integrative functions of memory, identity, and consciousness (1,7,9).
These created personalities are then likely to serve as mechanisms for coping with situations and events dealing with one particular aspect of the traumatic experience-- i.e.- when the individual feels rage, an angry personality is conjured to display this temperament and deal with these emotional issues.
serendip.brynmawr.edu /bb/neuro/neuro99/web3/Sancar.html   (2409 words)

 Multiple personality disorder
Multiple personality disorder, or MPD, is a mental disturbance classified as one of the dissociative disorders in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
MPD or DID is defined as a condition in which "two or more distinct identities or personality states" alternate in controlling the patient's consciousness and behavior.
Unlike depression or anxiety disorders, which have been recognized, in some form, for centuries, the earliest cases of persons reporting DID symptoms were not recorded until the 1790s.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/ency/multiple_personality_disorder.jsp   (1874 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder / Dissociative Identity Disorder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
MPD is an iatrogenic behavioral syndrome, promoted by suggestion, social consequences, and group loyalties.
The cause of MPD is supposed to be childhood sexual trauma so horrible that it has to be split off (dissociated) from the host consciousness and lodged in the alters.
Thus commitment to the diagnosis of MPD is enhanced by the sense that a crime is being exposed and justice is being done.
www.psycom.net /mchugh.html   (1365 words)

 Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)
Dissociative disorders are mental illnesses that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity and/or perception.
Dissociation is a coping mechanism that a person uses to disconnect from a stressful or traumatic situation or to separate traumatic memories from normal awareness.
The person with DID may or may not be aware of the other personality states and might not have memories of the times when another alter is dominant.
www.webmd.com /content/article/118/112901.htm   (1153 words)

 Psychology Today's Diagnosis Dictionary: Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)
The person also experiences memory loss that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
DID was called Multiple Personality Disorder until 1994, when the name was changed to reflect a better understanding of the condition -- namely, that it is characterized by a fragmentation, or splintering, of identity rather than by a proliferation, or growth, of separate identities.
Although there are no medications that specifically treat this disorder, antidepressants, antianxiety drugs or tranquilizers may be prescribed to help control the mental health symptoms associated with it.
www.psychologytoday.com /conditions/did.html   (636 words)

Multiple personality disorder is now known as dissociative identity disorder.
Some people may show a change in their personalities when they are drinking or using drugs.
The person with a dissociative identity disorder has a primary identity that usually carries the individual's given name.
www.dmc.org /health_info/topics/ment3157.html   (351 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) / Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) / Ego States / Personality Disorders / ...
Mind you, the disorders and their descriptions that follow are not my own ideas; they have been created by the American Psychiatric Association, and they are the mainstay of all contemporary psychotherapy that functions on the concept of psychiatric diagnosis.
Personality disorders have their essential basis in defending ego satisfaction and protecting it from interpersonal threat, so you will benefit much to learn, as the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan taught, that “I” is an illusion.
As long as the main personality turns away from perversion and self-indulgence (the very things which define satanism in the first place) and, like a shepherd protecting the flock, learns to embrace true love and forgiveness as the core of life for all the alters, then there is nothing to despair.
www.guidetopsychology.com /mpd.htm   (4431 words)

 Books on Dissociative Identity Disorder, Multiple Personality Disorder - HealthyPlace.com Mental Health Communities
The first book written expressly for individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), "Amongst Ourselves" provides a first-person account of what's like to live with DID and strategies to help sufferers improve their lives.
However, Dr. August Piper asserts that the surge in MPD cases is largely generated by the doctors themselves, by their over-inclusive diagnostic criteria and self-fulfilling therapeutic techniques.
This is her account of the discovery of eight of his "alters", and the horrendous childhood experiences that brought the "alters" into being.
www.healthyplace.com /Mall/books/dissociative_disorders.htm   (436 words)

 Essays.cc - Multiple Personality Disorder
Dissociative identity disorder, more commonly known as multiple personality disorder, is one of the most intriguing and least understood of mental disorders.
Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of “...at least two separate ego states, or alters, different modes of being and feeling and acting that exist independently of each other, coming forth and being in control at different times” (Davison and Neale 180).
Their personality changes may be passed off as mood swings, or, they may have gone for a long time without experiencing a disassociative episode.
www.essays.cc /free_essays/f2/csk144.shtml   (2189 words)

but the multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia were (I am pretty certain) the result of an accident he had when he was a little boy of around 6-7 when he was hit by a car going 60 mph.
Among the personalities were two butlers (who called me madam and waited on me), a gigolo, a seasoned criminal associated with organized crime, a cowboy who was a terrible flirt, a woman.
the good kind personalities cannot bear what the negative one is doing and block out and so when they are back in control they do not remember the havoc and harm that the evil one has done.
www.namiscc.org /Experiences/2002/MultiplePersonalityDisorder.htm   (3535 words)

 Multiple Personality Disorder - Information for Families   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Typically, while in one "identity" the person will not have recall or consciousness of actions that were taken while in another "identity".
Although the term "Schizophrenia" is commonly used by lay people to refer to multiple personality disorder, this is in fact completely wrong and inaccurate.
In addition to the obvious feature of distinct and separate personalities, this disorder is characterized by amnesia, as one identity may have no awareness of the actions of another identity.
www.spcsb.org /articles/dissociative.html   (286 words)

 Artist/Survivor with multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder)- uplifting, amazing art.
After a lifetime of mental hospitals, suicide attempts, despair and confusion, I was diagnosed with MPD/DID (multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder).
I consider MPD to be a blessing, and a miracle.
In the Multiple Journals the personalities were encouraged to write and draw.
www.multiple-personality.com /gallery.html   (241 words)

 ZNet | Terror War | Multiple Personality Disorder
Profits, jingoism, racial and "civilisational" supremacism, attacks on civil liberties, radical solutions to Third World immigration, sleaze -- the war against terror is proving an answer to capital's wildest dreams; its overwhelming turnover is particularly amazing in view of its total absurdity.
People [in Afghanistan] are on multiple sides, and they switch sides," as Pentagon spokesperson Victoria Clarke had the gall to tell the ever-compliant American press following a particularly gruesome incident of this sort.
Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem in the same briefing complained that it was hard to "pin down" the real identities of people in Afghanistan.
www.zmag.org /content/TerrorWar/multiple-personality.cfm   (621 words)

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