Dissociative

Patients come to believe that their alter identities

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Unformatted text preview: mental health professionals accounts for the majority of minority reported DID cases. Many Many cases of DID come to light during hypnotic interviews, raising the possibility of an iatrogenic etiology: Through therapists, movies, books, talk shows, etc. “[Patients] come to believe that their alter identities are real personalities rather than self-generated fantasies . . . . [They] learn selfto construe themselves as possessing multiple selves, learn to present themselves in terms of this construal, and learn to reorganize and elaborate on their personal biography so as to make it congruent with their understanding of what it means be a multiple . . .” (Spanos, 1994) Spanos, Topic Topic of DID has become associated with highly-implausible scenarios highly(e.g., widespread Satanic ritual abuse, government mind-control research). mind- 8 The Proponents’ View Eugene Eugene Bliss: DID patients are highly susceptible to selfselfhypnosis. They They score high on tests of hypnotic susceptibility They They experience hypnosis as similar to the emergence of an alter Early Early on (4-6 years of age), patient confronts unbearable (4situation; hypnotical...
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