or Multiple Personality Disorder TheoryBy Tony Bondhus
The concept of Multiple Personality Disorder is an idea that is not readily accepted in the psychological world. Many psychologist and psychotherapist do not believe that there is such an illness as Multiple Personality Disorder. It is a common belief that some psychologists somehow brainwash their patients into believing that they have the illness. The reality is, that yes, psychologists do often brainwash their patients into believing that they have this illness and many other illnesses. That however doesn't prove that MPD does not exist. It proves nothing. It only proves that there are some bad doctors out there. Not just psychologists, but regular doctors, dentist, and even eye doctors, will often do more harm than good. The patient needs to know for themselves what's right and wrong, not blindly trust the PhD. If you have been told that you have MPD or DID, you need to understand the facts and determine for yourself whether you do or not, and try not to let emotions get in the way. It is really not as bad as it sounds. You can overcome it. I forget what psychological theorist once said that we are all a product of our environment, but let me further clarify by saying that our mind's environment, is it's memories. Or more specifically, a personality is a product of it's memories. It would stand to reason that in order for you to have more than one personality, you have to have more than one set of memories. Let me clarify what I mean by more than one set of memories. If I can take you into the world of mathematics for a bit, specifically into the study of number sets. Set A contains all integers (...,-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3,4,5,...), Set B contains positive whole number (1,2,3,4,5,...), Set C contains only the numbers 2 and 3. Set A contains the entire contents of both sets B and C. Set B contains the contents of set C. Set C however does not contain everything that is in set A or B. This is a very simple example of set theory. The image in figure 1, is a visual representation of four different sets. The sets shown here are not necessarily number sets, they can represent anything, even knowledge or experiences. As you can see, the purple area is the smallest of the four sets and gray circle is the largest (The green is not included). If the image was representing the memories that one person has, The gray circle contains all the memories. Usually our minds have only one set of memories and therefore one personality, but not always. Sometimes an event is so unbearable that our mind blocks it from memory. If I could direct your attention to the little purple dot, it is located inside of the blue set. This little purple dot represents the unbearable event that I was referring to in the previous paragraph. As you can see, this unbearable event represented as the purple dot, is part of the blue set and part of gray set, but it is not part of yellow set. Now that this unbearable event is blocked from the memory of the yellow set, this event doesn't have the usual effect on it's personality. It's almost like the memory is switched off. It no longer is part of our personality's environment, therefore doesn't affect our personality. The problem comes in when some memories get alternately switched on and off. Toggling from one group of memories to another. Like a computer who's memory banks are filled with one program, then cleared and filled with another program. The blue set and the yellow set in Figure 1 would represent the two different personalities or sets of information. To illustrate this better let's create a hypothetical example. Starting with an event which is unbearable and blocked by our hypothetical mind. Now imagine we have another unbearable event. This forces our mind to remember the first event. Event one is now switched on making it affect our personality. Once again the memories are unbearable and therefore blocked from our original personality. This is the beginning stages of multiple personality disorder or MPD This is not yet what society would call MPD You could classify it as the mildest form. It is not yet at risk of developing further, so it really isn't a disorder yet. Memories give a personality substance but it needs emotional strength or stamina to give it life. Our brains are just a piece of hardware, like your computer. The life is what is in it. It's survival of the fittest in our brain just like it is in nature. Only difference is that in our brain there usually isn't any other life to compete with. There is usually only one set of memories, and like a computer, an identical program produces an identical output. A computer runs only one program at a time, multiple programs by sharing processor time. Constantly switching from one program to the other. A program needs only to request the processor's time and it gets it. And it keeps the processor until it's done or until some other program asks for it. Our brain is capable of operating billions of programs simultaneously. It has a slightly more complicated system for delegating it's use. You could say that when it comes to what program to run, our brain has a mind of it's own. Stamina is what that makes the mind's hardware interested in pursuing the thought (personality) further. A personality will not be able to compete for consciousness until it has developed enough stamina, or emotional strength. Our alternate personality has just had to suffer through 2 events which were both so horrible that our primary personality couldn't bear them. Now our alternate personality is like an empty shell, it's will power is broken, it has no stamina. Now let's introduce another horrible event giving our alternate personality another three hours of existence. Three hours to come to grips with what happened. It may modify it's beliefs or behavior, anything that will help it to make the pain go away. Our alternate personality is able to develop just enough stamina to maintain dream state for about two days. What is dream state? It's where your brain is just mildly interested in the personality and it plays with it a little. Our minds go over the days events when we dream, it helps us develop our personalities, let's us determine what we did wrong and how to do better. Our alternate is trying to figure out what it did wrong. It worked on it for about two days before finally giving up. Once it gives up it quickly slips out of dream state. These two days gave the alternate much more time to develop more stamina, also to develop farther away from the primary personality. Once again the mind is stable with just one personality. No MPD yet. To get MPD our alternate must maintain a permanent dream state. It must develop just a little bit more stamina. And one more horrible event would probably do it. A personality in dream state has some control of the mind. It may on occasion gain consciousness, or alternately a conscious personality may choose to run from a horrible event by going back into dream state. This is what MPD is all about.