Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Multiple Personality Disorder, real or fake?

A couple months ago I was flipping through the channels when I came across a very interesting show. Toni Colette is the leading character, so when I saw her I knew it would be something good. Colette play a woman who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Wikipedia says that Dissociative Identity Disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis which states that the person is showing cases of multiple distinct identities or-personalities. In other words its called multiple personality disorder.

In some cases scientist and researchers suggest that multiple personality disorder also known as DID is triggered by sexual, mental and physical abuse in "ones" adolescent years. The subject using alter
egos to either block the memory of the abuse or helping the person discover secret in their childhood dreams. There are many other symptoms and diagnosis for DID, some examples are depression, severe
memory loss, flash back of the abuse, multiple mannerism. Like for instance on the show "United States of Tara," Colette plays a mother who's profession is an artist, her "alter egos" are a house wife from
the 60's, a teenage crazy girl, and "red neck" drunk man, and a therapist. She using her egos to play out and reveal secret that Tara has stored away in the depth of her mind. Her alters help her undercover the crazy foster home from which she was raised.

The season just ended and it was fantastic, it should be coming back in the fall. Tara is going find out what foster home she came from, and finally the abuse that made her transfer into 6-7 different personalities. Timothy J. Lawson book names "Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, take multiple personality disorder to another level when he states that people believe that they were possessed by demon and such. It just think it crazy if this disorder is as shown on "United States of Tara" and videos I've seen online. I guess I'll never know until I can witness a transformation in real life, but I don't know if I would even want to watch it if it really does exist.


1 comment:

  1. I believe multiple personality disorder is real and also, a learned behavior. These people seem to go through some sort of fugue state in between personalities and not remember a thing. It's also pretty rare for people to develop this, but I agree that most cases are from people who have been abused as children. I remember watching this movie "Sybil" where a girl was abused by her mother and developed 16 different personalities.