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MPD vs. DID, Proposing an Associative Theory for Multiple Personalities

{written by : Greg Gourdian}

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Many people experience a sense of being more than one person. This condition was once known as MPD or Multiple Personality Disorder. The American diagnostic manual for mental disorders (DSM IV) changed this label to DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder. This change may be seriously flawed.

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Many people experience a sense of being more than one person. This condition was once known as MPD or Multiple Personality Disorder. The American diagnostic manual for mental disorders (DSM IV) changed this label to DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder. This change may be seriously flawed.

NOTE: Please see a short glossary, appended at the end, for brief descriptions of some uncommon terms.

We were talking with our friend Jen in Yoville recently about the inappropriateness of changing the diagnostic label of MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) to DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).

DID clearly pushes a specific academic and social agenda, it says it all up front by labeling MPD as a dissociative process. However, we think too little is now known about the phenomena of MPD to be sure that MPD, by any name, is substantially or exclusively composed of dissociative processes.

In a Facebook discussion forum for DID Maja Farrell"s posts about Imagination vs. Dissociation seem to point out that there may be many types of processes involved in MPD experiences.

Multiple Personality is descriptive of the experience, a label people understand, if only poorly or with biases. By replacing MPD with DID as the diagnostic label, an assumption, that all MPD processes are dissociative, is being stated as fact, but this assumption has never been satisfactorily proven.

This is a sort of intellectual or conceptual "sleight of hand".

By re-labeling MPD phenomena to DID the entire study of MPD phenomena has been placed in a perspective where the underlying cause is presumed to always be dissociative.

However, what if some causes of MPD are really associative processes?

In our recent article, "Theory of Self, Distributed Consciousness" we propose associative processes that may also result in MPD experiences.

Our "Theory of Self" article was a good deal stranger than we anticipated. We will need to work on it some more, however, one associative theory we would like to propose for MPD experiences may be valid; it explains some MPD experiences without relying on current psychological models or theories.

In our own case, we experience several classes of MPD experiences that we can clearly label either as Dissociative processes in the classically understood manner, due to childhood stress or trauma, or as various Associative processes described by our psychic awareness, which we break down into parts A, B, C, D and E.

By psychic awareness, we mean a form of empathic awareness that transcends conventional forms of communication between any two or more "real" people, people who are not ‘alters’ of a single host entity.

We say this transcends conventional communications because some information shared in this manner does not appear to require any verbal communication or "body language" cues.

Empathic communications arise from a form of resonance.

Our cognitive and emotional models for our own experiences that most closely resemble models defining the experiences of other people seem to resonate more strongly within our own psyches. People like ourselves, who are very sensitive to these empathic resonances within themselves may "recall" or imagine information that clearly and accurately describes the other person.

We call these psychic processes because our psyches are composed of both our hearts and our minds, rather than our minds alone.

One problem with this sort of empathic awareness is that it can be very difficult to differentiate between the subjects of our empathic awareness and ourselves.

We may become easily confused and believe that some subjects of our empathic awareness that may often appear to be "within" ourselves because we may only perceive them internally must really be aspects of ourselves that we may then mislabel as alters.

We regard such internal reflections of other people composed by our empathic awareness of them as avatars. Avatars are real people internalized by associative processes of empathic awareness.

We may talk to our avatars of real people within ourselves as if they were the real people their avatars represent; these avatars may often talk back to us, conversationally, or argumentatively, as if they were the real people their avatars represent within ourselves.

Part A may be the only part of this theory that may feasibly be studied. Part A refers to experiences of real people in this discrete universe.

Part B refers to imaginary people introduced in this universe through media such as books, television, cinema, etc. Part B may include clearly imaginary universes as contexts for the characters described, and is therefore not exclusively limited to this universe.

Parts C and D refer to real or imaginary people in alternate reality universes.

While there may be no proof, yet, that such alternate reality universes physically exist, alternate reality universes are personally real to ourselves, and may be personally real to many other people as well.

Part A is clearly an associative process. We empathize with a real person in real life, but we may become confused by the internal voice of their avatar and mistakenly associate them with ourselves, believing they must be an alter.

Part B may be an imaginary associative process. However, the subjects of any work of fiction may actually be real people in alternate reality universes.

There is currently no way of proving or disproving this.

If alternate universes are not real, then Part B is an imaginary associative process where we create an avatar of an imaginary person based on our empathic responses to the situations in their lives as dramatized by the actors representing their characters in fables, books, or movies.

However, if, as has been postulated by many people, the characters of fictional works are actually representatives of real people in alternate reality universes, then Part B is an associative process equivalent to Part A.

The theory of empathic resonance appears to transcend conventional space-time limits, and this may include transcending conventional boundaries describing reality to communicate between alternate realities.

By extension, if we presume the existence of alternate realities, Parts C and D therefore become equally valid forms of empathic communication, establishing a basis whereby many MPD experiences may really be associative processes, rather than dissociative processes.

Quantum Theory merges with Astrophysical Theory in describing the largest possible structures in creation, universes, multiverses (multi-universes), and the plenum, which describes the sum of all possible alternate universes and their multiverses.

Quantum Physics may eventually be able to prove the existence of alternate reality universes; the existence of parallel universes in a multi-universe continuum.

Regardless of proof, we ourselves experience many parallel universes, many alternate reality universes.

This brings us to Part E.

In Part E the empathic communication is between the persons we may describe as ourselves in this universe, a collective inclusive of, but not limited to our true DID alters, and the people we may describe as ourselves in alternate reality universes. This associative process unites our awareness in this universe with our awareness in other universes where we also exist in alternate iterations of our incarnation"s iteration in this universe.

Many spiritual and occult practices help develop the sort of empathic awareness and the communication skills required to transcend conventional space-time limits and experience alternate realities, therefore such experiences do not have to be based upon trauma, stress, or dissociative processes.

As it happens, our own childhood was rife with stress and traumatic experiences; however, we were also initiated upon a course of spiritual teaching that began in our infancy, a teaching that has continued throughout our life. Our early childhood training included learning to astral travel in order to experience remote parts of this universe as well as to experience alternate universe realities.

Consequently, from our perspective, we know that alternate realities are equally real, as equally valid as whatever you may consider this local reality to be.

Therefore, we believe that many people who have multiple personality experiences may really be having experiences based on associative processes.



Alters are alternate versions of a single host identity in people diagnosed with MPD or DID.

Avatars are internalized versions of externally real people. Avatars may be experienced by anyone, not just people diagnosed with MPD or DID.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
A diagnostic label for billing people diagnosed as exhibiting two or more distinct personalities.

Iterations are alternate reality versions of the same person or incarnation expressed differently or uniquely in alternate reality parallel universes.

MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder)
A label formerly used to bill people diagnosed as exhibiting two or more distinct personalities.

Multiverses, also called multi-universes, have been proposed to define a collective of universes all related to one master universe or index universe by a set of common properties such as their histories that clearly differentiate them from other groups of universes.

The plenum is the sum of all possible universes including their parent multiverses and related parallel universes.

Resonance describes an experience where two similar entities respond to each other because of common properties such as their rate of vibration or other patterns of energy.

A quantum is the minimal possible entity or particle. Some quantum theories suggest there is only one such particle that is extended through multiple dimensions to produce an effect of being many particles collectively described as quantum foam. Other theories may postulate the quantum foam consists of many discrete, unique quantum parts.

The quantum foam is the substrate of all of creation, all physical particles such as subatomic particles, and all wave phenomena such as electromagnetism or gravitation are composed of patterns of behavior that define the interactions of quantum particles in the quantum foam.

Author Bio :
Greg Gourdian is part of a collective being, we are composed of many entities participating in a psychic network. We currently call ourselves Grigori Rho Gharveyn, you can meet us in Yoville, where we give free tarot readings. We love to write and teach about spiritual evolution, ascension, auras, chakras, alchemy, tarot, channeling, metaphysics, parapsychology, sociology, psychology, quantum physics, etc... For our most recent work please see our current blog: MySpace Blog For older work please look here: Google Blog

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