Richard
30 September 2007 @ 02:52 pm
Of dissociation and assumptions  
I've been planning to write this for a few days, and I finally finished it last night, with [livejournal.com profile] sporkins (Kerry) and Nick of Astraea looking over it. [livejournal.com profile] sporkins served as editor, as well. It will be published on the system's plural site, and elsewhere, later.

As most readers of this site will know, the medical model for multiplicity (defined here as the state of having more than one conscious entity within a body) states that it is a form of dissociation adopted by people who have experienced severe abuse. In essence, it is viewed as a mixture of a coping-strategy, which normally involves ‘alters’ splitting from the ‘host personality’ during trauma, and a delusion that the ‘host’ personality has constructed for himself in order to survive the trauma. (1) This model does not see members of a multiple system as full individuals in their own right; rather, it views them as fragments, ego-states or alters to be integrated into a single personality.

Whilst this model may suit dissociative systems for whom the classical DID model is appropriate, it does not apply to the different mental states that exist on the multiple spectrum. Non-dissociative multiple systems should not have their experience referred using that model because it presupposes some things that may or may not be true. It posits that there must always only be one mind within a body; everything else is a pathology or a disorder and must be corrected. Secondly, it assumes that all multiplicity is a reaction to trauma, whether the multiple systems in question have experienced severe trauma or not. Thirdly, it constructs a corporeal notion of being, which may not be applicable for members of certain sorts of multiple systems.

Why the dissociation model may not always fit )
 
 
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