Multiple Personalities: Do They Really Exist?


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Multiple personalities- the existence of two or more distinct
personalities or personality states within one person. In actuality, up to
ten or even more personalities can coexist within one person, some
documented cases have revealed over one hundred. But, the question remains,
what exactly is the multiple personality disorder (MPD)? First I will look
at what exactly the disorder is. It is, in simple terms, many complex
personalities all inhabiting the same body. At any given time, one of
those personalities is in control of the body. Each one has different
tastes, style, thought process, and many other things that define a person.
However, research has proven even more than that. ...

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public is the confusion of MPD with
the disease of schizophrenia. Schizophrenics do NOT have distinct
personalities, rather, they have hallucinations of voices outside their
heads. Schizophrenia is caused by brain malfunctions and can be treated
with drugs, whereas suffers of MPD cannot because MPD is an almost purely
psychological disorder. MPD seems to be caused mainly by incredibly violent
and terrible childhood abuse. In fact, about 98% of MPD sufferers were
abused as children. The disorder also occurs between three to nine times
more in women than men, the person being abused creates other personalities
to handle the pain. In the case of a man named Milligan, his father beat
him and sexually abused him. Then he forced the boy to dig his own grave,
burying him alive with only a stove pipe to breath through. Then the father
urinated into the pipe onto the boy's face. With that kind of abuse, you
either go crazy, die, or develop other personalities. That is why, in ...

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in the world. Many people
dispute the existence of multiple personalities. They argue that such an
idea is impossible and that the people are simply making it up. However, I
believe the opposite, and many people share my opinion due to one study.
Around 10 years ago a Dr. Putnam conducted an experiment, whereby he hooked
several MPD sufferers up to a machine that measures brain waves. He then
subjected each personality of each person to a set of stimuli. Each
personality reacted differently, the difference was around the same as
between two separate people. The control group of volunteers faking the
disorder could produce any difference, indicating to me that something is
very ...

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