Disorder, exists as a bizarre mental disorder in which a person acquires two
or more distinct identities or personality states. The disorder received much
attention through such accounts as Sybil and The Three Faces of Eve.
Multiple Personality Disorder, caused from severe and inhuman sexual,
physical, and mental abuse, affects the individuals consciousness and in turn
creates altar selves. Categorized into three different groups, altar selves serve
as a safety net for the individual, taking the memories out of the conscious
mind and walling off the unwanted recollections. Interestingly, altar selves
maintain different abilities, ages, dislikes, likes, and names. Many Canadians
believe Multiple Personality exists only as an act on behalf of the individual,
when in fact, Dissociative Identity Disorder lives as a very real disorder.
Canadians must educate themselves regarding the consequences of severe
sexual and mental abuse, for then they will realize the severity of the
disorder and aid in the criminalization of the abuser and the treatment of the
Many critics maintain Multiple Personality Disorder exists
as nothing but an invention of the therapist. False memory syndrome, critics
say, paves the path towards Dissociative Identity Disorder. By telling the
patient he or she does have multiple personality disorder, the individual
actually creates altar selves and ends up needing treatment for a disorder in
which the therapist and patient created together. Due to the rarity of multiple
personality, skeptics believe the theory of false memory syndrome explains
the rise of Dissociative Identity Disorder within the past few decades.
Dissociative Identity Disorder, most prevalent in women
due to the high incidence of sexual abuse, begins in childhood or adolescence.
Typically, the child will... [continues]
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