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Teresa Allen MFT
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Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously called multiple personality disorder, is far more common than once thought. The stereotypical presentation of DID over-emphasizes switching among parts of the self. Less than 10% of people with DID show this obvious switching. Persons with DID experience their parts as voices, smells, acting out behaviors, or out-of-the-blue thoughts and feelings. These parts of self may be in active, powerful disagreement much of the time.
A better way to think of DID is as “various simultaneously active and subjectively autonomous strands of experience that are rigidly and profoundly separated from each other in important ways, such as in memory, characteristic affects, behavior, self-image, body image, and thinking styles.” (Elizabeth Howell, Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, p. 3).