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Unformatted text preview: DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER, formerly known asMULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER The essential feature of the dissociative disorders is a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment. People who dissociate easily are often more suggestible than those who dont. In other words, they are more open to persuasive information. This has led to controversy over the validity of dissociative identity disorder (DID). The main feature of DID is the presence of two or more (up to 100) distinct identities or personality states that recurrently take control of an individuals behavior. This disorder is believed to reflect an inability to integrate various aspects of identity, memory, and consciousness, usually due to very severe abuse or trauma (e.g., ritualized abuse, child offered for sex with other adults by parent). Each personality state may be experienced as if it has a distinct personal history, self-image, and identity,...
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