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Multiple Personality

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Dissociative Identity Disorder, commonly referred to as Multiple Personality

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

abused.

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...

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